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Michigan Cops Attack Mentally Ill Man in Disturbing Dash Cam Video

By Carlos Miller

A disturbing dash cam video shows a group of Michigan police officers pouncing on a mentally ill man who was doing nothing more than standing on a residential street trying to fix his bicycle chain.

The first Dearborn cop pulls up, steps out of the car and begins donning gloves – a usual indicator he is about to get physical.

And sure enough he does, insisting on patting Ali Baydoun down for weapons, even though he was not doing anything that would have given the cop a reasonable suspicion that he had or was about to commit a crime.

If anything, the cop should have had a reasonable suspicion that Baydoum was mentally ill and was possibly not understanding the situation.

But recognizing and working with mentally ill citizens has never been a priority for police departments in this country where the general attitude is escalate the aggression until the mentally ill man is either dead or incarcerated.

In this case, Baydoun was transported to a hospital for injuries sustained during the beat down but was never taken to jail or charged with a crime.

And, of course, the officers were never charged with a crime either, which is why his family is filing a lawsuit today over the incident that took place in December.


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