A video showing the arrest of the defendant, Andrew Jackson, later surfaced on social media. Some were outraged at the officers' actions during the arrest, saying they were assaulting Jackson even though he was already handcuffed and lying on the ground.
The woman who witnessed and filmed the incident asked FOX 2 not to identify her, but said what police did was wrong and that's why she started recording with her phone.
Prosecutors say earlier that day Jackson approached a 55-year-old woman as she was brushing snow off her car on Evergreen Road between 6 and 7 Mile roads, and then robbed her and pointed the gun at her grandchildren. Prosecutors say he threatened to shoot the children if they did not get out of the car.
A police investigation by the A.C.T.I.O.N. Auto Theft Task Force lead to the arrest of Jackson later that day at a different location, where the video was said to have been recorded.
VIDEO: You can watch the video in the video player above. Warning: video contains graphic language.
An investigation into the officers' actions during Jackson's arrest has been submitted to the Michigan State Police and it is ongoing.
Jackson has been charged with carjacking; armed robbery; assault with intent to rob while armed; felonious assault; carrying a concealed weapon; felon in possession of a firearm; unlawful driving away of an automobile; resisting and obstructing; and felony firearm.