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Man injured in controversial encounter with Michigan City police, body camera video released – NBC Chicago

According to his lawyer, body camera footage was released Thursday showing a controversial encounter with police in Michigan City, Indiana, which led to a man being hospitalized for serious injuries he suffered following a tasage.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon when officers were searching for a suspicious vehicle near the West Ninth Street and Huron area, authorities said. Officers were pursuing two men, possibly armed, and arrested Tahir Kelly who was walking in the area.

When approached by officers, Kelly gave them various names, authorities said. Body camera footage shows officers talking to Kelly, and at one point an officer asks her to turn back. Then, Kelly runs away.

Officers pursue Kelly and at least one deploys a taser, knocking him down, as seen in the video. Moments later, an officer calls an ambulance.

The video also showed police apparently discovering a gun inside Kelly’s jacket.

On Thursday, a small group of family members and loved ones gathered outside City Hall, demanding a meeting with the city’s mayor and police chief.

Kelly’s attorney argues that his client should never have been arrested in the first place.

“If I don’t fit the description, if I’m not doing anything wrong, if I have a right to be on the street, you have no right to arrest me,” attorney Cannon said. Lambert.

Kelly’s mother said hours passed before she learned her son had been injured and taken to hospital. Her son, who remains hospitalized, may need to be transferred to a trauma center and monitored by surgeons, she said.

“His face is fractured,” his mother, Derris Baylor, told NBC 5 on Thursday. “He’s got staples and stitches. He’s really messed up.”

Relatives and the family’s attorney say the injuries don’t add up.

“It doesn’t make sense for someone to be tasered and fall down and have drag marks on their face, it doesn’t make sense,” Lambert said.

Chief Dion Campbell of the Michigan City Police Department “fully supports the officers’ actions, stating that they acted lawfully and professionally after reviewing the incident and understanding the facts of the body camera,” said the department in a press release.

Police referred the case to the LaPorte County District Attorney’s Office for review and possible firearms charges.

NBC Chicago

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