DPD investigating use of force in hit-and-run arrest

Posted at 11:12 PM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 23:38:58-04

Detroit Police have opened an investigation into an arrest on Saturday after the family of the suspect claims officers used excessive force.

29-year-old Corie Williams was being arrested for hit-and-run at two locations Saturday afternoon.

Officers said he hit parked cars on Chalmers and Malborough streets.

Williams was with his girlfriend Shavone Harmon and eventually parked the car and ran. 

DPD and Grosse Pointe police found Williams at his grandmother's house on Philip Street.

His family recorded as Williams was pulled from the basement.

The video is difficult to see but the family says you can see officers punching and kicking Williams after he has stopped resisting arrest.

They said Williams should have been arrested but not like this. 

“I think they had a point a little bit with trying to chase him and I definitely think they had a point with them taking him to jail but Y'all don’t have no right to hit no one,” Harmon said. “No matter what they did. You don’t have a right to put your hands on no one.”

DPD Capt. Kari Sloan said the officer did use force, but that Williams was resisting. 

“The suspect resisted and a use of force did occur here,” Capt. Sloan said. “A taser was deployed. There was an additional struggle and additional force was used.”

Sloan said they will investigate the actions of the officers. 

“The Detroit police department will do a thorough investigation,” Capt. Sloan said. “We believe in transparency and we will look into everything through our internal investigation.”