A police officer was recorded on video beating an unarmed Black woman who appeared to be nonviolent until she was brutally accosted without justifiable provocation during the encounter Tuesday night in Michigan.
The Detroit News identified the victim as Sha’Teina Grady El, who, along with her husband, allegedly refused to leave the scene of a shooting in Ypsilanti Township, a suburb of Detroit. That’s when the unidentified white officer could be seen on the video walking up to her and swiping at her before lifting her off her feet, struggling with her and then unleashing a series of vicious punches to her head and face area. A bystander recorded the encounter and posted it to social media.
The police violence didn’t stop there as other officers joined the cop beating Sha’Teina Grady El and tackled her to the ground while another officer shot a Taser gun at her husband, Dan Grady El. The camera pans back over to the officer on top of Sha’Teina Grady El while he struggled to handcuff her. All the while bystanders could be heard cursing at the cops for their apparent police brutality.
Watch the disturbing video below.
The unfortunate episode sparked a protest at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, where Sheriff Jerry Clayton couldn’t defend his officer’s violence.
“There is absolutely no doubt, and no argument from me, that the images in the video are disturbing,” Clayton said in announcing that both responding officer, including the one who threw punches, had been placed on administrative leave. “It warrants a complete investigation.”
Sha’Teina Grady El and her husband Dan Grady El were both reportedly arrested for not dispersing from the scene of a shooting following an argument. That shooting left one person with non-life-threatening injuries.
It was the latest video of a high-profile instance of police violence against an unarmed Black person. Just two states away in Minnesota one day earlier, a now-fired Minneapolis police officer was recorded by a bystander as he applied pressure with his knees to the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was handcuffed and begged for mercy as he repeatedly exclaimed that he could not breathe. That cop, Derek Chauvin, was later fired along with three other police officers who responded to an allegation of forgery supposedly committed by Floyd. Forgery is notably a crime that is not punishable by death.
A protest against Floyd’s death in police custody was unfolding as Sha’Teina Grady El was being beaten and arrested by the still-unidentified Washtenaw County Sheriff’s police officer who apparently decided against using any of his law enforcement training to arrest the unarmed and nonviolent woman. In Minneapolis, the police responded in part to the protest with more violence by macing protesters, using tear gas and firing rubber bullets at them.
There were no reports of police violence at the small protest outside of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, but the tension was palpable, according to one of the protest organizers.
“We cannot continue to allow this,” Trische’ Duckworth of the nonprofit group Survivors Speak said Tuesday night.
The police response in Ypsilanti Township stood in stark contrast to when armed anti-lockdown protesters stormed the Michigan statehouse to demand the state reopen from coronavirus-prompted closures. In those instances, angry protesters not wearing any personal protective equipment like masks yelling directly into the faces of police officers, who stood by idly and didn’t react with any hint of the same violence displayed by the officer who relentlessly punched Sha’Teina Grady El and slammed her to the ground.
This is America.
This article originally appeared on NewsOne.
Bodycam video released of Andre Leshon Lee who lost consciousness when arrested but died 5 days later in Dallas PD custody, Report
The Dallas Police Department has released a video of Andre Leshon Lee who they say lost consciousness shortly after being taken into custody on August 28. The video released clearly shows he lost consciousness at the site where he was arrested.
The report goes on to say Lee died September 2 in police custody a week after losing consciousness. Something doesn’t add up here.
According to Fox 4 the investigation by Dallas police into Lee’s death, he and his wife were driving the night of August 28, when his wife said he got out of the car and started running.
Morehouse School of Medicine students get surprise news that $26M gift will help pay off their debt
ATLANTA — It’s a major gift to an Atlanta-based historically Black college aimed at helping close the gap in medical disparities in America.
On Wednesday, Morehouse School of Medicine announced they received a $26.3-million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley under fire for monkey post about black students
According to WCTV Leon County school administrators, Thursday publicly detailed the investigation of an assistant principal’s Facebook post that lead to a reprimand and demotion.
The district received multiple complaints about the post by Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley.
Bradley wrote this message on her personal Facebook page:
“For a while now, I have felt like Ringmaster of the ****show. Today has done me in! I do not want to be ringmaster, someone come get the monkeys and all the circus friends.
#exhausted #goawaycovid #imgoingtobed”
“It’s important to clarify for the record what took place, the investigation that happened, and what discipline we have enforced,” said Superintendent Rocky Hanna in a Facebook live on Thursday.
The district’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Deana McAllister, says an investigation determined the post “was not meant to be divisive or hurtful, nor racially motivated.”
McAllister says the post did show a lack of professionalism and poor judgement, leading to a formal reprimand and demotion of Bradley. She was reassigned from Apalachee Elementary to Killearn Lakes.