Man suing Eastpointe Police Dept. over beating caught on tape

- He was pulled over for drunk driving but his time in police custody landed him in the hospital - now he's filed a federal lawsuit against Eastpointe Police and community activists are demanding an apology from law enforcement.

Frankie Taylor was pulled over for drunk driving in Eastpointe in August of 2015. The video inside the police station lock up shows Taylor demanding to use the phone and then falling on the floor. Police then pick him up and put him in a chair where several officers restrain him. Another officer then is seen hitting Frankie Taylor more than a dozen times after ordering him to stop resisting. Taylor ended up unconscious and was hospitalized the next day. He underwent surgery on his eye and lost his peripheral vision.

"I don't feel like I was a threat to the officer to the point where they had to hit me until I was unconscious," he told Fox 2.

His attorney, James Rasor, agreed, "It is the most outrageous case of excessive force that I have seen - it's just an outrage that someone would be treated like this."

The video - which has gone viral since Fox 2 first aired the story on Tuesday - has gotten the attention of Detroit's activist pastors like Reverend W.J. Rideout III.

"Eastpointe Police Chief, he said nothing. No apology, nothing. Eastpointe Mayor hasn't said anything. This is a disgrace," said Rideout. "He was already restrained in a chair. They had no right to beat him senselessly like this and the cameras are showing all the proof in the pudding - bottom line."

This is not the first time Fox 2 has reported on allegations of excessive force involving Eastpointe Police. In September of 2015, just one month after Frankie Taylor's arrest, Alton Register Jr. was accused of driving drunk and says he was assaulted while in police custody. The video shows him being restrained in what appears to be the same chair. Back in 2015 he told Fox 2, "They basically punched me in the face, choked me out, tased me while I was handcuffed and bound to a chair and basically they're saying I was assaulting officers. But how can  you assault an officer when you don't have any hands and your arms and legs are tied?"

In that case, Eastpointe Police said their actions were justified but Reverend Rideout says it shows a disturbing pattern of behavior and he and other activist pastors are holding a news conference on Tuesday to address it.

"We're going to do what we've got to do to send a message to you, Chief of Police of Eastpointe, every police officer that is there and to the mayor - you need to stop this. You need to come out in the open public and stop trying to brush this under the rug and give an apology to the community and to this young man and his family for that police brutality that was taking place out there."

Eastpointe's Director of Public Safety told Fox 2 on Tuesday he can't comment on pending litigation and referred us to their attorney. The attorney still has not returned our phone call.
 


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