Officer in on-camera beating of handcuffed suspect was fired for Taser misuse, also shot self in leg

A video showing the arrest of a carjacking suspect is drawing a lot of attention on social media. Officers from the Grosse Pointe Park and Highland Park police departments in Michigan are now being accused of using too much force. 

The video appears to show a man being kicked and punched while officers are trying to subdue him during the arrest. 

The incident took place on Monday, January 12, on Plainview Street in Detroit. The suspect was being tracked by a stolen car task force and is accused of carjacking a mother and her two children at gunpoint. 

Police officials say the suspect tried to reach for one of the officer's guns, meaning their actions were proper and justified. But the woman who filmed the interaction tells a different story and is calling for the officers to be fired. 

After watching the video, Mayor Mike Duggan asked Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to review the incident. Worthy tells FOX 2 she's asked Michigan State Police to conduct an independent investigation.

The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality held a rally Wednesday morning in which they acknowledged the suspect does have a violent past, but say the man did not deserve to be kicked or beaten. 

One of the officers seen in the video does have a past, reports FOX 2's Maurielle Lue. He was fired from the Hamtramck Police Department around 2006 for accidentally Tasering his partner during what was described as a 'horsing around' situation in a scout car. The officer was charged with assault but he did sue the city of Hamtramck and won. His termination was still effective, though. 

In 2012, the officer was in news while working for the Highland Park Police Department for shooting himself in the leg inside the police department. Police sources say he had a weapon in the jail where he should not have had one.

Some other incidents are in the officer's past. FOX 2's Erika Erickson is working on gathering that information and will have the latest on that tonight on FOX 2 News beginning at 5 p.m. 
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