It's a chilling video to describe, much less watch:
A man is yanked from his car and put into a brutal – and illegal – chokehold by one officer who repeatedly punches him in the face 16 times, nearly knocking him out. While a second officer attempts to handcuff the man, another cop kicks him until a fourth one arrives and Tasers the man three separate times in the thigh and stomach.
In the end, around 10 officers gather at the scene – and not one intervenes to stop this brutal, violent attach.
This is how a Floyd Dent, an African-American auto worker from Detroit who has no criminal record, was assaulted in what is now being billed the most violent police brutality incident ever caught on camera – and rightly so.
Newly released police dash cam footage shows the disturbing arrest that occurred on Jan. 28 in Inkster, Michigan.
Here’s an uncut version of Dent’s assault:
Dent was reportedly pulled over for a traffic violation, apparently for running a stop sign. However, a few seconds after he opens the door of his Cadillac, he is dragged from his car and subjected to the brutal assault – although he is not seen resisting arrest in the video.
"He was beating me upside the head," a teary-eyed Dent told reporters during a press conference at his attorney's office on Wednesday. "I was trying to protect my face with my right arm. I heard one of them say, 'Tase the M...F. '"
"I'm lucky to be living. I think they was trying to kill me, especially when they had choked me," ClickedOnDetroit quoted Dent as saying. "I mean, I was on my last breath. I kept telling the officer, 'Please, I can't breathe.'"
Cops, on the other hand, claim they arrested Dent for driving with suspended license, possession of crack cocaine they allege was found in the car and threatening to kill them. However, Dent’s blood test at the hospital revealed no drugs or alcohol in his system. Also, the officers’ microphones were off so there is no credible evidence of his death threat to the cops.
Several Inkster policemen involved in the incident, including ex-Detroit Police Officer William Melendez who applied the chokehold and has been accused of misconduct before, are under investigation by Michigan State Police.
Last year, the shooting deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, sparked nationwide protests and debate about racism. Many hoped for changes and improvements in the law enforcement structure of the country.
However, judging by the latest streak of shootings of unarmed or apparently unarmed African-American men and mentally ill people, it looks like things are getting even worse.