Bystander Video Tells Different Story to Police Report After Police Beat Two Men and Delete Surveillance Video

DETROIT – Over the past few years, police departments across the country have been the focus of activists as videos showed officers manhandling citizens. The city of Detroit has avoided these videos until now.

FOX 2 recently received cell phone video that appears to show two Detroit Police officers assaulting two men inside an east side gas station. But the civilian recorded video and the story police wrote don’t exactly match up.

The incident happened early one morning in May. D’Marco Craft and Michaele Jackson went into the gas station and spotted two Detroit police officers.

Craft says he was afraid things would get out of hand as soon as he saw officers Richard Billingslea and Hakeem Patterson.

“Once I went in, I instantly recognized this police officer (Billingslea) because I’ve had confrontations with him since last year. It’s been ongoing since March of 2016,” Craft said. “I froze a little. And he said: ‘So why you not going to buy nothing now; probably because I’m in here. M******F*****, you don’t want to buy nothing now?’ So that’s when I had to say, ‘F*** you man, you know how you treat me all the time’.”

According to Billingslea’s police report, he wrote that he already called for backup when he saw Mike Jackson as he was “walk[ing] towards me yelling and shouting in a very aggressive manner.”

Jackson said he talked to Craft before the cops grabbed him.

“I don’t know what happened inside the gas station, but on the way out he was like, ‘Bro, let’s go. Let’s go to another gas station.’ I’m like, ‘Why? I don’t see any tape around it.’ So I’m like, I’m going on and get me some cigarettes,” Jackson said.

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