DPD Chief Craig says officer accused of excessive force was off-duty

Posted at 6:55 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 18:55:54-04

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.

As of right now police continue to investigate