A traffic stop made by police officers in a Michigan town last year has made headlines following the release of the patrol-car video footage, the Detroit Free Press reports.
On Jan. 28, two Inkster, Mich., cops approached Floyd Dent's stopped vehicle with their guns drawn. Dent, a 57-year-old African-American auto worker with no criminal history, has claimed that the officers dragged him out of his car, put him in a chokehold, beat him for no reason, used a stun gun on him and planted cocaine in his car.
The viral video shows a bloody Dent being beaten and Tasered and confirms his allegation. Also, Dent's attorney, Gregorgy Rohl, said earlier this week that unpublicized portions of the dash cam footage shows police planting the drugs in his client's car.
"He was beating me upside the head," the 57-year-old autoworker told reporters on Wednesday, according to The Root. "I was trying to protect my face with my right arm. I heard one of them say, 'Tase the motherf**ker.'"
He also told reporters he was hospitalized for two days with injuries to the face and head and has not been able to work since the incident.
"I'm just getting emotional because of where I'm at now," Dent said, adding that he now has nightmares. "The other day was the first day I looked at the video...I just can't believe it. "
The Root claims that the video footage appears to conflict with the police reports on the ordeal. Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost recently spoke at a news conference, which was reportedly intended to suggest unity between community leaders and city officials who are facing public backlash.
"We started this investigation. We're not hiding from it," Yost said Thursday regarding the incident. She said she ordered an investigation immediately after learning that the man was hospitalized; an independent investigation by Michigan State Police is underway.
A judge dropped the assault and resisting arrest charges made against Dent, but he faces an April 1 hearing on the drug possession charge. Rohl has said that police targeted Dent because he is a Black man.
The officers involved appear to be white, according to Detroit Free Press.
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