Floyd Dent was arrested in January in Inkster. In dashcam police video, Dent can be seen being pulled from his Cadillac and punched multiple times by police. Click here to watch the story.
Inkster City Manager Richard Marsh along with Pastor Joseph Stephens from a nearby church both spoke at the press conference.
"The people have a voice," Marsh said. "They're using their voice. We've heard their voice." Marsh is referring to the protesters who rallied Wednesday in support of Dent.
Marsh said the altercation between Dent and officers was initiated by the Inkster Police. Marsh said they have to be very careful addressing questions because investigation is ongoing.
The officer is on administrative duties as the investigation continues, Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost said. She said she was notified the night it happened that there was use of force.
The incident is a black eye on Inkster's history, Pastor Stephens said.
"Inkster does not have a history (like this)," Stephens said. "We also understand a thorough investigation has to take place."
Police say they pulled him over after he ran a stop sign. Then the altercation happened. Police say they found cocaine in his car; he says he saw someone put the drugs in his car police planted drugs.
During the arrest, Dent was put in a choke hold and repeatedly punched in the head.
"While this guy was beating me, I'm protecting my face with my right arm," said Dent. "Somebody came and kicked me in the ribs and I heard somebody in the background say tase him."
Inkster police said they're working Michigan State police and investigating allegations of excessive force.