After a controversial use-of-force incident in Inkster, Michigan, one Floyd Dent sued the city after his arrest, claiming he had been assaulted by police officers.
Eventually, all charges against Mr. Dent were dropped and the city settled the lawsuit.
There wasn’t any money in the budget to pay the settlement, so the city raised property taxes. Residents will pay about $200 more in taxes this year to cover those costs.
Now more tax increases could be on the horizon because one of the police officers suspended in connection with the Dent incident is suing the city, the city manager, and the police chief.
In addition to being one of the officers that took Mr. Dent into custody, Officer Phillip “Chuck” Randazzo is also the president of the local police union.
Randazzo claims the department leaked a videotape in which the 44-year-old officer can allegedly be seen imitating Mr. Dent’s movements as he was arrested.
In his lawsuit Randazzo claims that videotape was released for no other reason than to jam him up as he sought a position with another agency.
While one officer was fired after the Dent arrest, internal investigations determined that Randazzo had not acted inappropriately by kicking Mr. Dent as officers tried to handcuff the suspect.
“He was exonerated,” Randazzo’s attorney, Tom Pabst, said Wednesday. “So how does he end up getting punished? It seems to me that he got scapegoated here.”
Randazzo’s lawyer says the videotape does not show his client mocking a suspect.
“He wasn’t mocking anyone,” Pabst said. “Why would they release that tape, except to tell half the story and make my guy look bad?”