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Supporters of Amazon driver arrested in controversial video protest outside Warren police headquarters

Prosecutors deny warrant request against driver
Posted at 11:21 PM, Jun 11, 2020

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Prosecutors say they have denied a warrant request brought against an Amazon driver who was involved in an altercation with a Warren police officer.

The Warren Police Department launched an internal investigation after cell phone video surfaced of a white police officer arresting the black Amazon driver Tuesday for allegedly parking on the wrong side of the street.

On Thursday, the Macomb County Prosecutor's office issued the following statement:

As Prosecutors, we have sworn an oath to act with integrity, utilizing balanced judgment to ensure public safety within our communities, while respecting the constitutional and legal rights of all persons. We have an obligation not only to pursue appropriate criminal charges when necessary, but also employ discretion to not authorize criminal charges as certain circumstances demand.

Protesters rallied outside Warren City Hall and marched through the streets on Thursday.

Family members of the Amazon employee, Jaylen Bond, joined supporters to express their gratitude.

"It was nonsense on the cops part," said Bond's cousin, Josephine Gardner. "His neck is all black... his knee is all messed up."

As racial tensions across the country continue to simmer over police brutality. Warren City Councilwoman Angela Rogensues stood in solidarity with demonstrators.

"I'm here to ensure that there weren't felony charges brought forward," said Rogensues.

Police commissioner Bill Dwyer declined an interview with 7 Action News on Thursday. However, he said an internal investigation should be completed by Friday.

The officer involved in the altercation was placed on paid administrative leave which is protocol.

Amazon has called for a swift investigation and police accountability.