A video of a handcuffed man being kicked and punched by law enforcement officers is making the rounds on Facebook today, and has been since it was uploaded yesterday. The video was posted to the Facebook page
of Emma Craig, a Detroit resident, and observers have guessed that the video was shot on the east side of Detroit. It's unclear who the law enforcement officers are. One commenter guessed that they were with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or I.C.E., which have jurisdiction over Detroit thanks to rules saying they enjoy broad powers within 100 miles of any external boundary
Very little is known at this point, although The Detroit News
has posted a nuts-and-bolts version of the story
UPDATE: We heard from Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, who alerts us that the video shows "members of a auto theft task force led by the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department" arresting an alleged carjacker. According to Scott, "The Public Safety Director of the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department contends that this fracas occurred after the suspect's alleged participation in a carjacking. According to the Public Safety Director, who was quoted in an article in The Detroit News
, the actions of the officers in stopping the suspect's alleged resistance were justified. It is our contention that the officers' actions, once the suspect was handcuffed, were not justified, and that the biased statements that were made reflect a pattern and practice which has gone on in Grosse Pointe Park for quite some time. These kinds of task forces should be investigated to consider suspension of federal funds until civil and human rights issues in these matters are resolved."
Scott went on to say, "We are requesting that U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, and the U.S. Justice Department nationally, intervene in this matter. We are also asking that Congressman John Conyers, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, investigate this matter. Finally, we intend to mobilize the community to deal with this matter."