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Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

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ECORSE, Mich. (WJBK) - Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.

"He throw his hands up like that? They taze him. He's stunned; they put him on the ground. Once he was on the ground it was a wrap. They beat him constantly and did not let off of him," says Seretha Greeley.

Allen Donald's right jaw was fractured, his left eye orbit was broken and he needed at least a dozen stitches. It happened as officers responded to a domestic dispute between Greeley and her mother on the 3900 block of Seventh Street .

Greeley and Donald have a son together.

"As soon as one of my friends [came] to take the baby out of his hand, they instantly walk up on him across the street. Three guys, two officers on the side, one in the front. One in the front [had] the Taser pointed at him. Instantly, as soon as they walk up on him, he throws his hands up like this. He's not resisting, he's not fighting back, he's not swinging, he's not doing anything," says Greeley.

But Greeley says the blows came anyway. And soon after - bullets.

Oddly enough, someone opened fire during the melee from a black Tahoe, and sources from the Ecorse police department say Donald sustained some of his injuries when officers tackled him to the ground to protect him from the gunfire.

Greeley doesn't buy it, though.

Allen was already on the floor, on the ground actually, before the shots [were] even fired," she says.

The victim hired civil rights attorney Wolfgang Mueller to represent him.

"Ecorse has a history of abusing their citizens' rights and we plan to vindicate this gentleman's rights because there's no need for that. There's absolutely no need for what happened," Mueller says.

Ecorse Public Safety Director Mike Moore released this statement, "At this time we are aware of the allegations against our officers and it is our intention to have an independent investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police."

In the meantime, Donald is facing several charges including assaulting an officer and obstruction of justice.

The victim plans on filing a citizen complaint and a lawsuit. The city has shelled out millions of dollars to settle out lawsuits against the department.
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