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Detroit police officer faces assault charges in gas station altercation

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Posted at 12:19 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 12:20:14-05

Detroit police officer Richard Billingslea, 25, has been charged in connection with assaults on Michaele Jackson, 39, and D'Marco Craft, 26, of Detroit at a Mobil gas station.

It is alleged that on May 31, Billingslea and his partner stopped at the gas station in the 17000 block of Harper in their marked scout car. 

Billingslea is alleged to have become involved in a verbal exchange with Jackson, which escalated into an assault, during which Jackson was pepper-sprayed and beaten, prosecutors say.

Craft recorded the assault on his cell phone, which was taken by another officer who responded to the location. Billingslea is alleged to have disposed of Craft's cell phone in a trash can in the store. Jackson was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Billingslea has been charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, misconduct in office and assault and battery.