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Video: Detroit Cop Sued for Punching Casino Patron

September 27, 2011  | 

VIDEO: Detroit Cop Punches Casino Patron

A Livonia, Mich., man is suing the Detroit Police officer who he claims sucker-punched him while removing him from the MGM Grand casino.

The incident took place at the U Me Drink club on July 30, when officers were called to remove Patrick Poisson, 38, who had allegedly touched the buttocks of a waitress. At the time, she was wearing a Heineken T-shirt and black shorts. Poisson also refused to leave the bar.

Officer Arthur Dudal began to escort the unruly Poisson out of the bar. At some point, Poisson says the officer got into his face and sucker-punched him twice.

Surveillance footage from the casino shows an officer landing a right hook on a man, and hitting him a second time with his left hand, as he fell. The two officers then handcuffed them man, while he lay face down.

Source: Detroit Free Press.

Tags: Detroit PD, Use-of-Force Policies, Tourist Destinations


Comments (4)

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Raymond Pena @ 9/28/2011 2:21 AM

Officer did his job by the book! Drunk sexual battery suspect who turned around and put his right hand up to the officer's face. This arrest was effected by the use of minimal force by the arresting officer. A job well done! RP

Rick @ 9/28/2011 4:50 AM

Hard to Monday morning quarterback when you don't have the sound to know what was being said to entice the officer. Never know what a jury might do in this case. My personal opinion is that he had it coming, but this may be slightly jaded by the fact that I am a cop! Be interesting to know the content of the jerks taunting words leading up to the use of minimal force necessary to effect an arrest!

rpb @ 9/28/2011 5:18 AM

If it was justified then let's move on. If it was not justified, fire him and move on.

Martyb @ 9/28/2011 8:46 AM

1.) A cloud of Pepper Spray discharged at a suspect in a crowded casino isn't a too good of an option... It would have been "Haz-Mat Histeria"

2.) It didn't look like either officer had room to deploy a rigid baton or ASP without hitting a bystander.

3.) Bustining a "Cap in his A**" that's even harsh for Detroit...

A double tap with fists seems the most appropriate "use of force". I noticed that's all it took to get the guy into compliance and in the famous "silver bracelets.

I think if they didn't lay hands on him other to cuff mim and carry him out after that he dosen't have a case....

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