Inkster leaders ask for calm during traffic stop beating investigation

The dash cam video of police beating a man during a January traffic stop has the entire nation talking. 

A Michigan State Police investigation is underway and city leaders are calling for calm.

The comments keep coming, only this time from Inkster's city manager Richard Marsh.

"You have a voice. we want to hear your voice," said Richard March. "Not only that, we want to listen to your voice."

Video of police officers repeatedly slugging and choking  57-year old Floyd Dent has many around the metro area and beyond, asking for action.

"To me justice is having the person who did this to me, locked up," Dent said.

The Michigan Chapter of National Action Network organized a protest outside of the Inkster Police Department  on Wednesday.

Those at the protest want people to know about the traffic stop that bloodied Dent and put him in the hospital for two days.

"Inkster is 90 percent African-American, yet the police department is 68 percent white, 32 percent black," said Crystal Linton of the National Action Network.  "We have issues here that look like Ferguson, *(Missouri)."

The traffic stop recorded on dash cam happened back on Jan. 28.

Officers say they found crack cocaine in Dent's car, but he says police planted it.

"There is an ongoing investigation, there is an independent investigation being conducted by the Michigan State Police," said Police Chief Vicki Yost. "We will act according, once those findings are in."

Right now, one Inkster officer has been placed on administrative duty, the other is working, but is off the streets.

Time will tell whether they remain in those positions.

"We have a minority city, the mayor is a minority, the council is minority and the advisory commission is minority," said Elder Earl Truss, a local minister. "We let let the justice system play out. Then if we don't get justice, that's the time  we believe this protest is necessary."


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