BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Battle Creek city officials say some police officers have been sanctioned in connection to a September incident in which an officer punched a man with a mental disability.
The city says the 25-year-old man approached Cpl. James Bailey and officers Ryan O’Connell, Jeffrey Johnson, Nathaniel Hopkins and Isaac Yonkers outside the police station as they were changing shifts the night of Sept. 19.
City officials say the man “displayed irregular and erratic behavior,” and became agitated when the officers told him they had to leave on another call.
The city said the man kicked a backpack he previously placed on the ground, raised his fists “taking an aggressive stance, despite attempts to verbally de-escalate the situation.”
The city of Battle Creek said as an officer approached the man to detain him and pat him down, the man punched him in the face, leading to a struggle on the ground. The city said the officer’s head hit the police station’s brick wall during the fight.
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