A Detroit police officer is under criminal investigation for beating a naked mentally ill woman at a Detroit hospital, The Detroit News reports. The assault was not only caught on video by a hospital visitor, but also on the officer’s body camera.
The woman, whose name has not been disclosed, was being transported to the Detroit Receiving Hospital after she was found unclothed in the street. Police Chief James Craig said the woman was not agitated while being transported to the hospital, but after she arrived her demeanor changed. She took off the robe she was given and reportedly began spitting on hospital staff, yelling expletives and bit two security guards. After the officer tried to restrain her she tried to bite him and that’s when he began to use excessive force and began punching her in the face, head and back.
Police Chief Craig called the video “troubling.”
“One of the concerns I have is that the officers did not handcuff this mentally ill person,” Craig said. “Our training is for (the suspect’s) safety, officer safety and community safety, we handcuff.”
The officer, who has been on the force for 18 years, had six prior incidents of using force. The officer was immediately suspended after Chief Craig watched the video.
“We didn’t waste any time responding to this criminal allegation — which is what we’re calling it: A criminal allegation,” Craig said.
If you can take it, watch the video of the assault below.