Residents in Jackson, Michigan were shocked to hear that one of their own, a 20-year-old student at Ohio State University, was allegedly beaten by Ohio state police officers during an arrest this August.
According to police, officers allegedly saw the 20-year-old man with what appeared to be an open can of alcohol. Police then claim that he not only “resisted arrest by force” but also “caused physical harm to a law enforcement officer” in the process. The preliminary police report indicates that the man was taken into custody with only a swollen left eye and abrasions on his left wrist.
The man’s family tells different story however pointing out that the officers’ version of the events grossly understated the extent of the man’s injuries. They claim that he was brutally beaten by officers, after which he spent three days in the hospital, recuperating from his injuries.
The man has since returned to classes at Ohio State University where he is studying neuroscience. He is still being treated by a neurologist from the University of Michigan Medical Center for his injuries.
The 20-year-old was scheduled for a preliminary examination this month to discuss the six misdemeanor charges against him. Charges included underage drinking, littering, attempting to flee police and physically resisting arrest. His family, who feels that the allegations against him are false, is hoping that the misdemeanor charges are dropped.
Regardless of the outcome, the man’s father, a pastor at a local Michigan Baptist church, says that he is considering taking legal action against the city for the officer’s brutality against his son.
Source: mlive.com, “Jackson High School graduate allegedly beaten by Ohio police in court today for misdemeanor charge,” Aaron Aupperlee, Nov. 13, 2012