Michigan cops restrain man and beat him until he’s permanently blinded in one eye (VIDEO)|
A local news station in Detroit just published footage of white police officers savagely beating a restrained black man until he is blinded in one eye.
Frankie Taylor is filing a lawsuit against the Eastpointe, Michigan police department after they blinded him in one eye as a result of a beating they administered after arresting him for driving under the influence.
Video of Taylor’s processing at the Eastpointe police department — made public by Fox 2 Detroit — shows Taylor asking officers to use the phone, and the officers responding by dragging him into a restraining chair, calling him a child, and threatening to taser him before beating him unconscious with repeated blows to the face. Throughout the video, officers are methodically repeating the phrase “stop resisting” at Taylor while he is restrained after each blow — presumably to argue in front of a jury that Taylor’s beating was justified.
“The guy hit me so many times, you know, it made me cry when I seen the tape, you know, I was knocked out,” Taylor told Fox 2 Detroit. “I don’t feel like that I was a threat to the officers to the point that they had to hit me until I was unconscious.”
According to Taylor, he was refused medical attention after the beating and transported to Macomb County Jail. He had to eventually undergo surgery for his left eye at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Attorney James Rasor, who is representing Taylor, said his vision has been “severely compromised.”
“He has permanent loss of eyesight in one eye,” Rasor said. “He has these horrible nightmares.”
“We want to protect people from these type of brutality by police forces,” Rasor continued, saying that he also has proper cause to allege discrimination by the Eastpointe police, as they denied him his right to a phone call but freely allowed white inmates to use the phone.
The amount of damages Taylor is seeking has not been disclosed.
An excerpt of the video is included in Fox 2 Detroit’s coverage. (EDITOR’S NOTE: This video contains violence and could be emotionally disturbing to some viewers.)
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