Mich. Man Who Claims Cops Beat Him So Bad He Lost Vision in 1 Eye Files Lawsuit

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Frankie Taylor, shown here on a video screenshot, claims he was strapped to a chair by Eastpointe, Mich., police and beaten.
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A Michigan man has filed a lawsuit against the Eastpointe, Mich., police, claiming that he was strapped to a chair and beaten until he lost vision in one eye, and the entire incident was captured on video.

According to Fox 2 Detroit, Frankie Taylor was arrested on drunken driving charges Aug. 10, 2015. In video, an officer can be heard telling Taylor, "If you keep acting like a child, you're going to get strapped in that chair and you're going to stay there."


Video shows Taylor being strapped into a chair and threatened with a Taser, according to Fox 2 Detroit. Another officer walks into the room, puts gloves on and begins punching Taylor, who appears to be unconscious.

Officers can be heard yelling, "Stop resisting, stop resisting, stop resisting." Several officers crowd around Taylor, who can't be seen clearly in portions of the video.


Taylor told the news station that he remembers being hit more than once.

"The guy hit me so many times, it made me cry once I seen the tape," Taylor said. "I was knocked out."


Taylor claims that after he was beaten, he wasn't taken to a doctor; instead, he was transferred to the Macomb County Jail the next day. Taylor was eventually taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he had surgery on his eye—an eye that had already had a lens replaced once, Fox 2 reports.

"He has permanent loss of eyesight in one eye. His vision is severely compromised," Taylor's attorney, James Rasor, told the news station. "He has these horrible nightmares."


"I don't feel like that I was a threat to the officers to the point that they had to hit me until I was unconscious," Taylor said.

Eastpointe police told the news station that they weren't able to comment on pending litigation.


Warning: Video contains violence that some may find disturbing:

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