DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police Chief James made a statement Monday after an incident Sunday involving excessive force by officers at the Meijer on 8 Mile and Woodward.
Craig says right now DPD continues to investigate this incident.
He says one of his officers was working a secondary job off duty from the police force, in uniform at the Meijer on 8 Mile and Woodward, when the chief says things escalated very quickly.
The officer was notified by store security about a person who may have taken something from the store around 8:30 Sunday night.
The officer encountered the suspect at the entrance of the store and asked if the suspect had taken anything.
The 23-year-old suspect refused to answer the officer.
On the video the man is seen with a female and what appeared to be a piece of paper or receipt.
The female and store security are then seen leaving. The 23-year-old then began swearing at the officer, when things quickly escalated.
“The young man the suspect then began to force the officer to the ground, he administer a blow striking the suspect in the face,” Craig says. “Once the officer struck him it de-escalated at that point, but he was still actively resisting.”
The chief said there was no evidence the 23-year-old took anything from the Meijer.