Protests for injured man after encounter with Michigan City police

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Holding signs reading Black Lives Matter – dozens protested outside Michigan City Hall after seeing photos of Tahir Kell’s injuries.

Even after Michigan City police released body camera footage — protesters are still questioning the official narrative, calling on police to release more videos and re-evaluate use-of-force policies.

“He was tasered. He may have fallen on his face, but that didn’t cause all those injuries. All his teeth out of his mouth. Bust of lips, it’s ridiculous. Our police shouldn’t be like this,” said resident Carolyn Moore.

Outrage, tears and calls for further investigation at a peaceful protest, following Tahir Kelly’s brutal injuries during an encounter with Michigan City police.

Body camera footage shows officers questioning Kelly.

Once an officer grabs the handcuffs, Kelly takes off.

The police tease him, but the family thinks that’s not all that happened.

“Okay, he fell on the ground, I fell on the ground. I fell all the way down and my face is still intact. My brother is in a sling. My brother looks crazy and I understand everyone wants you to know how to say what to say and stand up for who to stand up for, but come on now, he’s my brother,” said sister Ebony Bayley. by Kelly.

Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry spoke to protesters and wished Kelly a speedy recovery.

Parry says officers were just following protocols and maintains that the release of footage is completely transparent.

“You’ll see it was a police procedure, but unfortunately it happened rather than on soft grass, it happened on a rough concrete surface,” Parry said.

Some still want to see the city re-evaluate its use-of-force policies.

“We have to trust our police. If they don’t protect us, you know who’s going to protect us,” said LaPorte County resident and NAACP member Brient Thomas.

Kelly is still in the hospital. The police are pursuing several charges against him.


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