A Michigan man filed a lawsuit against his local police department a year after the cops strapped him onto a chair and beat him so brutally he lost vision in one eye.
Officers from the Eastepointe Police Department arrested Frankie Taylor in August 2015 for allegedly driving under the influence just outside Detroit. They brought him into the station for being processed, but what followed became a horrific nightmare for the man whose biggest crime appeared to be his dark skin color.
The video of the brutal altercation, obtained by Detroit’s Fox 2 New, shows a cop pushing Taylor down on the ground before picking him and tying him on a chair to restrain him.
“If you keep acting like a child, you’re going to get strapped in that chair and you’re going to stay there,” yelled an officer, as another officer entered the frame wearing a pair of rubber gloves and began to beat Taylor.
“Stop resisting,” the officer said repeatedly while punching Taylor’s face and head.
The victim soon lost consciousness, though his screams of pain and terror were caught on the video.
“The guy hit me so many times, it made me cry once I seen the tape,” said Taylor. “I was knocked out.”
Taylor’s attorney, James Rasor, claimed that the cops then transferred Taylor to Macomb County Jail instead of taking him to a hospital. By the time he was admitted to Detroit Receiving Hospital, he had already lost an eye.
“He has permanent loss of eyesight in one eye. His vision is severely compromised,” Rasor told the media. “He has these horrible nightmares.”
Moreover, the cops, who all appear to be white, also did not allow Taylor to make a phone call.
“You want to protect people from this type of brutality by police forces,” the attorney continued. “White folks were allowed to use the phone by police officers; even one who had urinated in his pants was allowed to use the phone. Frankie Taylor wasn’t, and the only difference is that Frankie Taylor happens to be African-American.”
Watch the surveillance footage of the police brutality below.
Warning: The violent nature of this video may upset some viewers