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Video: Mich. Deputies Stop Courtroom Brawl

May 22, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Mich. Deputies Stop Courtroom Brawl

Oakland County (Mich.) Sheriff's deputies quickly restored order in a courtroom after a murder victim's family members lashed out as their son's killer during a sentencing hearing.

The brawl erupted following the statements of the mother and father of Sean Taylor, 21. A jury had convicted Melvin Dalton, 34, of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Taylor in 2008.

"He has shattered many people's lives, our family's and his," said Sheila Taylor, Sean's mother. Dalton then said, "Sean's family, they're looking for some justice. I understand this. But what about my justice?"

After members of Taylor's family stood up and began cursing at Dalton, deputies quickly took control of the situation, leading family members out of the courtroom.

The encounter was captured by an Oakland Press photographer. Read the full story here.

Comments (3)

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pegg696 @ 5/22/2012 6:12 PM

Excellent Job to you Deputy Diaz and Deputy Woodliff.

teresa hofman lawrence @ 5/23/2012 11:47 AM

Perfect example of the professional court deputies we have !

Bob@Az. @ 6/2/2012 2:20 PM

Am I the only one who noticed the pos Dalton standing BEHIND the Officer, unattended? Judge and dalton should have been removed asap. this could have turned bloody real quick. As for the "contempt of court" comment, did you see what some of these folks were wearing?

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