Rally to continue outside Washtenaw County Jail over use of excessive force in couple's arrest

Posted at 5:05 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 05:44:11-04

(WXYZ) — Racial tensions are running high across the country, including right here in metro Detroit with violent confrontations between police and citizens being captured on video.

Wayne County Jail is where a woman who was punched by a deputy is in lock up on an unrelated matter.

Charges are pending as authorities in Washtenaw County are reviewing body cam footage and protesters continue demanding answers.

This demonstration took place in Ann arbor Wednesday. Hours after a violent arrest all caught on cell phone video.

It shows a scuffle between Washtenaw County deputies and Daniyal Grady El and his wife Sha'tenia early Tuesday morning.

One deputy punched Sha'tenia multiple times. When her husband tries to intervene, he was tased, when he came to her defense.

"What man can watch another man hit their wife," Grady El said.

Moments before the arrest, authorities surrounded their daughter's home in Ypsilanti Township in a search of a shooting suspect.

The Grady Els live a few doors down and approached to record the police operation.

The sheriff's office says they refused to back up.

In Minneapolis, crowds rallied in defense of George Floyd, a black man who died after an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.

Floyd had told the officer – "I cannot breath."

All four officers involved have been identified and fired, including the kneeling Ofc. Derek Chauvin, a 19-year department veteran.

There's also the tragic case from mid-March in Louisville, where Breonna Taylor was shot at least eight times, after three officers executed a search warrant on the wrong home. The person they wanted was already in custody.

At 1 p.m., organizers say a rally will continue outside the Washtenaw County jail.

The deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol, while internal investigation takes place.

There's also a rally planned in Lansing Thursday morning.

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