Veteran Detroit police corporal charged with felony in alleged assault on hospital patient

Posted: 7:12 PM, Dec 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-03 19:12:20-05

Detroit Police Corporal Dewayne Jones, 47, has been charged in the alleged beating of a female patient at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

The alleged assault was captured on cell phone video that went viral, showing Jones and the nude female patient fighting.

The woman was experiencing mental health issues and was brought to the hospital for treatment on August 1, 2018.  

That evening investigators said the woman was spitting and shouting profanities. It's alleged she also bit one police officer on the forearm and thigh. 

Investigators allege that when Jones attempted to restrain the woman, he punched her in the face and upper body.

Friends of the woman told 7 Action News that she can be violent when provoked.

Jones is now charged with misdemeanor Assault and Battery and Misconduct in Office, a felony that carries a maximum of five years in prison. 

Jones has been arraigned and was released on a $5,000 personal bond. He's due back in court on December 19. 

Click on the video to hear Detroit Police Officers Association President Mark Diaz respond to the charges against Jones.