Royal Oak mayor responds to black man mistreated by police

Posted at 10:25 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 22:53:04-04

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) — Royal Oak's mayor is facing tough questions about misconduct that his own police oficers took part in. He's admitting an African American man was mistreated after a white woman called police claiming he was behaving suspiciously.

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Thursday evening, Mayor Michael Fournier said during the Royal Oak State of the City Address that the city is not sweeping the incident under the rug. He added that he doesn't advocate for firing anyone despite what went wrong.

It's the 911 call that led to an improper police response, according to the Royal Oak Police Chief.

Video on Facebook showed the exchange between police and 20-year-old Devin Myers. He was stopped for questioning after a white woman says he looked at her suspiciously.

Police admit Myers' request for a supervisor should not have been denied. They also released new dash-cam video along with an apology. Part of the statement reading, "“The officer had no legal right to demand the identification and should have simply advised Mr. Myers why we were there and allowed him to go on his way.”

While no arrest was made Myers says a prior nasty run-in with one od the same officers has left him feeling uneasy. Both responding officer and a supervisor are being disciplined. Additional training is being done for them and others on the force.

Whether a lawsuit will be filed still remains to be known. The woman who made that call has not been identified.