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Video: Dashcam Footage of Violent Michigan Arrest Triggers Investigation, Outrage

March 26, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Dashcam Footage of Violent Michigan Arrest Triggers Investigation, Outrage

Inkster, Mich., Police have launched an internal investigation following a violent arrest that involved some of the department's officers.

Floyd Dent says he was punched repeatedly after being dragged out of his Cadillac on Jan. 28 following a traffic stop. According to police reports, Dent was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign.

"An officer ran up to me with his gun, told me to, 'get out the car, or I'll blow your brains out,'" says Dent.

The officers say they found crack cocaine under the passenger seat, but Dent says it was planted.

As for the officers, Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost told WXYZ TV one of them is on administrative duty as this investigation goes on.

"It's important to know, we're not hiding from this. We started the investigation. We launched internal investigation without a complaint. When all the facts are in, we'll take the appropriate action," says Chief Yost.

 The complete dashcam video is available here.

Comments (2)

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Greg @ 3/26/2015 4:49 PM

It doesn't matter, but what happened with the guy who was shot in the back. That sounds like an interesting learning scenario.

LLC @ 4/8/2015 7:13 PM

Another case of cops not being able to turn it off. If the officers viewed "running a stop sign" as something potentially violent, why didn't they remain near their police car (as cover) and wait for backup? However, this is a tell of two stories. One officer with his gun drawn, the other has his in the holster. One officer applies a choke or lateral neck restraint, the other officer attempts to handcuff the suspect. One officer began punching the suspect to the face, the other officer attempts no other aggression. It appears that the suspect is struggling with the officers. A closer look reveals the suspect trying to reflect blows to his head. It appears to me that the more aggressive cop failed to "turn it off". The South Carolina incident is another example.

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