Michigan congressman asked DOJ to investigate Floyd Dent beating

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. is calling on the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the police beating of Floyd Dent in Inkster.

The Michigan Democrat issued a letter to Attorney General Holder asking the DOJ to investigate the police-involved beating of the unarmed Dent in Inkster in January. 

Dent was pulled after he ran a stop sign on January 28. He admitted to blowing through the sign but not the cocaine police said they found. He has said he saw officers plant the narcotics on his car and he even took a lie detector test to prove his innocence. His lawyer says he passed.

The 57-year-old auto worker has no criminal history yet was pulled from the car, tackled, put in a chokehold, beaten, and tased by several officers. 

The officer is on administrative leave and Inkster Police say they're working with Michigan state Police to investigate the charges.

Conyers is a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and met with  the DOJ's Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, at a meeting hosted by the NAACP Detroit chapter where a range of law enforcement issues were discussed.
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