A Detroit Police officer was filmed punching a man in the face in the city’s Greektown area in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 1.
Video filmed by Jesus Reason at approximately 1:20 am local time shows a man standing in the street and talking to police officers before one of the officers punches him in the face, knocking him to the ground.
In a statement to Storyful, police said, “The Detroit Police Department was made aware, via social media, of an allegation of excessive force in Greektown. Internal Affairs is reviewing the circumstances surrounding this allegation. DPD is committed to remaining transparent throughout this process and will provide updates to the community and our media partners as soon as practicable.”
Second Deputy Chief Rudy Harper told Storyful that the department received video from a civilian showing “what appears to be officers assaulted before the punch.” The man who was punched is also seen confronting officers in this video. Storyful has not verified the time this footage was filmed.
Harper told Storyful police were in the area because, “It’s an entertainment district in the city that has been troubled for years. Our interim chief has deployed an aggressive 5-point crowd control plan across the city,” Harper said. Credit: Jesus Reason via Storyful