A Michigan police officer who brutally beat an African American teen’s head with a flashlight is not going to be punished.
This word comes after the unarmed teen filed a federal lawsuit against the officers involved in the beating, for violating his Fourth Amendment rights.
The unarmed, innocent teenager was cleared of all charges raised against him, but the Grand Rapids Police Department tells us those officers will not face any disciplinary action whatsoever.
It all happened around 9 p.m. on June 13, 2014. That’s when Donovann Austin Braswell was innocently hanging out with his friends.
The police came through, saying they were looking for an armed suspect. They told the five African American teens to stay where they were – even though they had committed no crime and there was no reasonable suspicion that they had.
Braswell and two of the youths ran away – realizing they had committed no crime and that the police had no legal right to detain them since they had given no indication that they might have.
Grand Rapids Officer Sean McCamman grabbed the 15-year-old and slammed him to the ground. Then he beat him over and over with a flashlight until he was eventually physically and mentally disabled.
Finally, the flashlight broke from repeated impacts with the teen’s skull. That’s when McCamman traded fists, as officers Nathan Mead and Peter Thompson stood by, refusing to stop him.
Kent County Circuit Judge Kathleen Feeney dismissed the charge of resisting arrest, acknowledging that the police had no legal right to try to detain him in the first place.
Now Braswell has severe headaches, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, and speech problems, and has not been able to graduate on time or play sports.
“My son’s injuries are so severe that he will never fully heal mentally, physically, or emotionally,” Braswell’s mother, Natalie Thompson said. “He, myself, and our family are devastated by the abusive beating that a minor child endured. The officers involved have no concept of the severity of their actions. No one is above the law. We are all accountable for our actions.”
“It is really disturbing what they go through as black youths in the city of Grand Rapids,” Braswell’s attorney, Keeley Heath said to the local The Grand Rapids Press as well as MLive, last week.
Heath added that Braswell “didn’t fit the description other than being black” and additionally “was absolutely within his rights to walk away.”
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(Article by M. David Shante Wooten)