An off-duty Detroit police officer beat an accused shoplifter with a baton outside a grocery store — but the man and his girlfriend were innocent.
David Bivins and his girlfriend were stopped by loss prevention Sunday night as they left a Meijer store, so she went back inside with their items, reported WDIV-TV.
She told the TV station they’d brought items from another store into Meijer but took care to keep the bags separate as they shopped, and security guards determined the couple hadn’t stolen anything.
But when the girlfriend came back outside, she found the 23-year-old Bivins being beaten by the off-duty officer, who is also black.
The girlfriend said they were embarrassed by the accusations, and Bivins used profanity toward the off-duty officer, who threatened to arrest him for disorderly conduct.
Bivins then refused to turn around to be handcuffed, and the officer struck him three times with a baton, which the two men began to struggle over, reported the Detroit Free Press.
A bystander recorded video of the encounter as witnesses begged the 65-year-old officer, who was working as a paid security guard for the grocery, to stop hitting the younger man.
“Don’t be f*cking with me!” yells the officer, a 39-year police veteran.
Bivins was treated for a broken tooth and facial bruising, and police then took him into custody on resisting and obstructing arrest and disorderly conduct.
Chief James Craig, of Detroit police, said the off-duty officer was in uniform, which is common practice while moonlighting, and subject to department rules and regulations.
But the chief, who is also black, said the officer was justified in using force because he feared for his safety.
“I can understand that, if you’re stopped and you’ve done nothing wrong, you’re going to be agitated,” Craig said. “But this officer had the right to investigate, based on the information that was coming to him. So please, I would ask everyone, cooperate with us.”
The incident remains under investigation by police.
Portland police search for white man who kicked Black journalist in the head at ‘Proud Boys’ rally
On Saturday, the far-right group the "Proud Boys" held a rally at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon.
Zane Sparling, of The Portland Tribune documented the scene, with many attendees wearing militia dress.
Sparling captured video of a man pushing a Black journalist to the ground and kicking him in the head:
Man pushes live-streamer to the ground and kicks him in the face at Proud Boys is rally in Portland pic.twitter.com/SAdHShqir3
Senate Dems blast ‘corrupt’ nomination of Amy Coney Barrett: ‘This entire process is illegitimate’
President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court -- and Democrats were livid.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) linked the nomination to the Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to eliminate health care for millions in the middle of a pandemic," Schumer wrote. "Democrats are fighting for Americans' health care."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ripped the nomination for coming so close to the election.
Senate Republicans attempt to brand Amy Coney Barrett as the ‘Notorious ACB’
The campaign arm for Senate Republicans is raising money by attempting to brand conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett as the "Notorious A.C.B."
The scheme is an attempt appropriate Ruth Bader Ginsburg's famous nickname -- The Notorious R.B.G. -- for a jurist nothing like the late Supreme Court justice.
T-shirts with "Notorious A.C.B." are being given out for donations between $25 and $5,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The website where the T-shirts are sold says the money will go to the "Supreme Court Defense Fund."
"Democrats will do ANYTHING to stop President Trump and Senate Republicans from filling the Supreme Court vacancy," the website argues. "Protecting our Majority has never been more important. HELP!"