Video footage shows a handcuffed Saginaw man being repeatedly punched by a Michigan State Police trooper

SAGINAW, MI — The man who recorded video of a Michigan State Police trooper repeatedly punching a handcuffed man along a residential street in Saginaw released the footage on MLive.

Keith Brookins recorded footage of the arrest of his first cousin in the 2300 block of Annesley Street on the evening of Monday March 28.

Police stopped a red Pontiac sedan driven by Vance D. Martin, 47, around 7:15 p.m. on suspicion that he was driving while intoxicated. Footage recorded by Brookins and originally broadcast live on his Facebook page shows several Saginaw police officers and MSP soldiers trying to get Martin, with his wrists cuffed behind his back, into the back of an MSP patrol car.

Martin resisted getting into the backseat, only to have a soldier punch him in the face four or five times, according to footage. Martin collapsed on the pavement on his left side before police hoisted him up and placed him in the back of the car.

After being taken to hospital, Martin was remanded to the Saginaw County Jail on five counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing police and a single count of state exploitation. drunk and having an open intoxicant in a vehicle. Martin was released from prison the next afternoon without being arraigned on any charges.

Brookins declined to comment on the footage or share his thoughts on the incident itself.

Martin, speaking with MLive shortly after his release from prison and still wearing a bloodstained sweatshirt, said he believed the incident was born out of racial profiling. Martin is black, while the soldier who hit him appears to be white.

“I had a problem with a certain cop,” Martin said. “He racially profiled me. He called me “boy” the whole time he handcuffed me. This is where it all really started. I didn’t want to deal with him at all. I wanted a lieutenant, that’s all I wanted.

The soldier in question, who has worked at the MSP for four years, has been suspended, the agency announced on Tuesday (March 29th). Officials did not release the soldier’s name.

State police policies prohibit the use of force that is “objectively unreasonable or excessive in any scenario,” the agency said.

“The reasonableness of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable law enforcement officer on the scene at the time the force was used, rather than looking back 20 /20,” MSP Official Order No. 7 states. “The question is whether the actions of the law enforcement officer are objectively reasonable in light of the facts and circumstances facing the officer. Objective factors will determine the reasonableness of the force, including but not limited to the seriousness of the crime, whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the safety of law enforcement officers or others , and whether the suspect actively resists arrest or attempts to evade arrest by flight.

Vance D. Martin, on the afternoon of March 29, 2022, stands in the 2300 block of Annesley Street in Saginaw, where he was arrested and repeatedly punched in the face by a police soldier from Michigan State the night before.

“Our law enforcement members respond professionally every day to a wide variety of scenarios across the state of Michigan,” said MSP Director Col. Joe Gasper. “The misconduct in this incident is not indicative of the standard of service set by this soldier’s peers and, therefore, will not be tolerated.”

The MSP’s Professional Standards Section is conducting an internal investigation. Saginaw County Chief Assistant District Attorney Blair N. Stevenson said that once the investigation is complete, his office will most likely forward it to the Michigan Attorney General’s office for a charging decision to avoid any further charges. appearance of irregularity.

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