Federal lawsuit filed against city of Dearborn, police department
DEARBORN, Mich. – A federal lawsuit was filed after a local father said he asked for directions from a police officer and was assaulted. Court documents claim Luther Gonzalez-Hall, 22, asked Dearborn Police officer Marvin Sanders for directions and the interaction ended with the officer assaulting and choking Gonzalez-Hall. At one point during the confrontation, Sanders’ bodycam falls to the ground. “I didn’t believe that it was real.”Now Gonzalez-Hall is suing Sanders, the city of Dearborn and the Dearborn Police Department for the way he was treated. When Local 4 asked about the status of officer Sanders, the Dearborn Police Department immediately asked the Defenders to submit a Freedom of Information Act request.
Westland police release video of violent arrest of man with autism
WESTLAND, Mich. Police released video of a confrontation that led to the firing of a Westland Police Department officer and an investigation by the prosecutors office. Officers were trying to arrest a man with autism who was suspected to be connected to an armed robbery. While the incident and the officers firing happened months ago, Westland police said they released the video from the arrest in order to be transparent while the investigation continues. Police dash camera footage shows the officer chasing the man with his weapon drawn. Westland police chief Jeff Jedrusik said, in part, We are dedicated to the departments polices, training curriculum and to maintaining our communitys trust.
Detroit police investigating Greektown arrest for use of excessive force
DETROIT Video of officers with the Detroit Police Department making an arrest in Greektown is being shared on social media. The video shows a woman being manhandled by a Detroit police officer. The officer is seen shoving another woman -- using an obscenity while knocking her to the ground. A spokesperson with the police department told Local 4 that they take all allegations of excessive force or misconduct very seriously. Police said told the woman arrested later bit one of the officers after she was taken into custody.
Southfield police respond to lawsuit blaming officers for miscarriage
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Southfield police are responding to a lawsuit filed by a woman who said that police brutality caused her to lose her unborn baby. Video shows the chaotic between the woman and the officers who were responding to a complaint about her. According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 9 Crystal White, 38, of Southfield, was involved in a verbal altercation with her mother, sister and brother-in-law at her mothers residence. According to the lawsuit, White was pregnant at the time of the arrest and lost her unborn child. I dont believe that if this was in Bloomfield Hills a pregnant White woman would be Tased on a welfare check, Fieger said.
A look at the Detroit Police Departments guidelines on force
DETROIT At the heart of the protests have been calls to change policing to end police brutality and while the Detroit Police Department has improved over the years, activists fighting against excessive force claim there are still serious issues within the department. As protests continue into their third week, questions have been raised about how Detroit police use force and whether it should be changed. RELATED: Demonstrators return to Metro Detroit for third weekend of protestsInside DPDs guidance, less lethal force -- like tear gas or rubber bullets -- can be used to protect an officer during an arrest or stop potentially criminal behavior. Any use of force is supposed to be reported to and investigated by a supervisor. According to the most recent data from the city of Detroit, more than 3,400 complaints were made against DPD officers.
Lawsuit: Southfield police officers used excessive force during arrest causing death of unborn baby
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – A woman is suing the Southfield Police Department and three of its officers alleging that excessive force led her to lose her unborn baby. White gathered her belongings and began packing her car when three Southfield officers, Officer J. Woodside, Officer M. Fair and Officer A. Rucinski, arrived on scene and accused her of being armed, according to the lawsuit. White denied being armed and lifted her shirt to expose her waistline, according to the lawsuit. When Woodside stepped back, Fair deployed his Taser and struck White in the abdomen, according to the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, White’s baby died on Feb. 22.
Washtenaw County Sheriff: Body cam footage from deputy shows woman bit officer
Footage from the deputy in questions body cam reveals ShaTeina Grady El bit the officer during the altercation. According to Sheriff Clayton, Grady El bit the deputy first and he responded by punching her. According to the body cam footage, an officer tended to a gunshot victim who was sitting in her car. Sheriff Clayton would not comment on whether punching is an appropriate use of force against a suspect or if it is part of training. The body cam footage was released after days of protests outside the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office and on Washtenaw Avenue near US-23 where hundreds of protesters gathered to demand answers for excessive force used by the sheriffs deputy.