No verdict in case of DPD corporal charged with beating woman at Detroit Receiving
DETROIT (FOX 2) - The Detroit Police corporal charged with assaulting a woman at Detroit Receiving Hospital is now waiting on a jury to return the verdict.
Dewayne Jones is still waiting for the jury to decide if he's guilty of misdmeanor assault and battery. He'll have to wait until at least Tuesday as the jury could not reach a decision by Monday evening.
Jones and his partner Stacey Taylor went to pick up the woman after they got a call that she was at Grand River and Trumbull naked. The woman allegedly bit at least one officer and the extremely graphic video shows the naked woman pummeled multiple times by Jones while other officers are holding her.
VIDEO: Detroit Police Officer punches naked woman inside Detroit Receiving Hospital
The woman was naked and cursing, and was being restrained by officers. It appears when she started spitting, the officer started punching.
"Just because Jones is an officer from the Detroit Police Department does not mean that there are different laws that apply to him," said Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Joshua Holman during closing arguments.
Holman argues Jones' use of force was not necessary and called it a decision based on emotion, not training.
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"You see about 12 punches - I've counted 12, sometimes 13 - punches. He's landing blows to the back of her head," Holman said.
Cell phone video first obtained by FOX 2 of the August beating shows the naked woman being pummeled multiple times by Jones while other officers are holding her. The woman was naked and cursing, and was being restrained by officers. It appears when she started spitting, the officer started punching.
Holman told jurors that the woman was clearly not in her right mind and was not a physical threat to Jones. He also argued that no other officers reacted the way Jones did even after being bitten. They accuse Jones of continuing to punch the woman after she was out of his custody and said the woman only became agitated when Jones confronted her.
"He's acting this way because she got under his nerves and he snapped at her," Holman said. "He knows he went too far, he knows that he did wrong in this particular case."
Jones' defense, however, argues that he did what he needed to do to get her to calm down and protect others inside that hospital.
Pamela Szydlak told the jury that, while force can be ugly, it's sometimes necessary.
"They're asking you to find Corporal Jones guilty of a criminal offense based on 11 seconds, 11 seconds, of a 19-year career," said attorney Pamela Szydlak. "He just wanted this under control. He wanted her to be cuffed and sitting - let's end this. But she still didn't stop."
Szydlak said Detroit police are tasked with protecting and serving the public - and Jones was just doing his job.
"We ask the officers of the Detroit Police Deptarment to protect us. At that point, that's exactly what Corporal Jones was doing that day," she said.
Jones' partner testified the woman has a history of mental illness. She had been picked up before for allegedly for trying to light her garage on fire.
In January, a judge in the case dismissed a misconduct charge against Jones, saying it was important to look at the entire night and not just an 11-second video.