A Black man, Diabate Hood, was punched at least six times by a police officer after the car he was driving was stopped for littering in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 26, reports TMZ.
While one officer punched Hood in the face, two other police held Hood and told him to “stop resisting.” Moments later, Hood said he couldn’t breathe as officers held him down, but the cops ignored him.
There were conflicting reports that Hood refused to get out of his car or fled the scene, when he was brutally assaulted by police as part of their Operation: Safe Neighborhoods program.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne said: “This is the police work that I expect from my personnel.”
Police claimed they searched the car (as part of the littering stop) and found four weapons, which they’re now using to charge Hood with felonies: attempting to disarm a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.