INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — City leaders urged public patience Thursday as authorities investigate the arrest of a black motorist who was pulled from his car, repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer and subdued with a stun gun in suburban Detroit.
The city manager, police chief and local religious and community leaders appeared at a news conference in Inkster, a 25,000-person city where Floyd Dent was arrested two months ago. Dent, 57, says he was innocent and trying to protect himself, while police counter he refused to pull over, resisted arrest and threatened them.
Video of Dent's bloody arrest first aired on WDIV-TV, a Detroit station, on Tuesday night. In it, an officer repeatedly punches Dent in the head while another officer tries to handcuff him. Dent's face and shirt are bloodied.
Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost said she was notified about the incident on the night it happened in late January and "immediately ordered the investigation" that is being carried out by the Michigan State Police.
Inkster City Manager Richard Marsh Jr. said "action will be taken accordingly," but first, "we need to let this investigation take place."
Yost did not provide a timetable for how long the investigation will last and said no one should "rush to any conclusions."
One officer has been pulled off the street, but Yost declined to discuss others involved.
Associated Press writer Jeff Karoub contributed from Detroit.