Andrew Jackson Jr.'s attorney says that it isn't the first time one of the officers has been accused of police brutality.
"If he did something wrong there is a proper way to punish a human being," said attorney Ben Gonek. "Beating the crap out of him isn't."
Jackson, 51, can be seen arrested on a viral video being shared on social media being punched and kicked before - and after getting handcuffed.
The video appears to show a man being kicked and punched while officers are trying to subdue him during the arrest. WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE
Gonek says his client may have broken the law but he believes the two officers arresting him, did as well.
"There was no reason for him getting beat in the way that he did," Gonek said.
Jackson, who was tracked down in Detroit by a stolen car task force based in Grosse Pointe Park Monday for carjacking a woman and her grandsons at gunpoint, has a long criminal history of armed robbery, assault, fleeing police, violating parole and theft. Jackson also has 16 aliases.
But the video of the arrest, where Jackson is seen kicked and punched - then handcuffed and punched again, is sparking protests.
"Get the man, lock him up, do what has to be done," said Ron Scott, from the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. "But you don't execute kicking, beating and savagery. You don't become a criminal to capture a criminal."
Demonstrators on Wednesday question Grosse Pointe Park Police Chief David Hillier's conclusion -- that the officers from Grosse Pointe Park and Highland Park acted proper in the arrest. Hillier has said that their actions were justified.
Jackson's attorney says he was shocked, watching how the officers are seen fist bumping on tape in celebrating the arrest.
"Looking at the video, it's a pretty outrageous conduct if you ask me," Gonek said.
Gonek says at least one of the officers, Ron Dupuis, has a rough past. He said the officer was fired from the Hamtramck Police Department for tasering his partner. Gonek says that's just the beginning.
"Several years ago I sued him for putting one of my clients in an intensive care unit following his arrest," Gonek said. "He beat the crap out of him."
Highland Park city attorney Todd Perkins tells Fox 2 that as Michigan State Police lead the investigation into the actions of those officers, Highland Park considers the matter serious and plans to assist in any way they can.
In a statement, Perkins also says in part: "We are mindful that much more must be reviewed other than the raw footage in order to give all involved, including the community at large, a proper result."
Now as Wayne County prosecutors anticipate charges against Jackson soon, Gonek says he plans to hold those officers responsible as well.