EASTPOINTE, Mich. – Activists are demanding the resignation of five suburban Detroit officers after a drunken driver says he was arrested, restrained in a chair at a police department and repeatedly punched in the head.
Video of the August 2015 incident was aired Monday on WJBK-TV (http://bit.ly/2h6Oe7K ).
Frankie Taylor, who is black, is suing five officers and the police chief in Eastpointe, alleging excessive force. He says he needed eye surgery after the beating.
The video shows five officers trying to restrain Taylor in a chair while one of them strikes him and repeatedly says, "stop resisting." In a court filing, attorneys for the suburb say any force was reasonable, not illegal.
A Detroit pastor, the Rev. W.J. Rideout III, says Taylor was a victim of racism by white officers.