Taylor, Michigan police officers have been accused of using excessive force during an arrest outside a man’s home after he failed to use a turn signal to pull into his driveway.
Cody Meredith was just 18 years old when officers followed him home and brutally beat him in his own yard, reported ClickOnDetroit.
“Somebody I expected to protect me basically didn’t protect me,” Meredith said.
Meredith has filed a lawsuit over the assault which occurred on March 29, 2016, after Taylor officers say Meredith “braked heavily” when stopping at a stop sign around 2:30 a.m. Officers also say he was driving 35 mph in a 25 mph zone before failing to use his turn signal before pulling into his driveway.
When he arrived at his home, officers turned on their lights and ran up to the teen, who was already out of his car.
That is when officers lost control and began their attack.
“Oh s—, get back in the car man!” one of the officers shouts at the teen in the dash cam footage. Meredith chose to walk to his home, so police decided to tackle him.
“Where you guys coming from? Get up off me,” Meredith can be heard saying in the video.
Video shows officers pinning the young man to the ground and beating him. Meredith yells for his mother as one of the officers punches him. He was also choked, kicked, and tased 2 times.
“At that point, in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘Why did I get stopped?’” he told ClickOnDetroit. “Why did I get followed home when they could have pulled me over before I got to my home?”
Meredith’s attorney, Amir Mackled, points out the officers’ “outrageous conduct” in the video.
“They still haven’t told him what he did wrong,” Mackled said. ” … Totally against the policy and procedure of any law enforcement agency.”
Taylor PD supports their officer’s unethical behavior, alleging Meredith resisted arrest, so naturally the officers had no choice but to punch, kick, choke, and tase the man who stopped at a stop sign and didn’t use a turn signal.
An officer can be heard telling him to “Shut the f— up you piece of s—” and also falsely claimed there was a warrant for his arrest. Meredith had no outstanding warrants.
After an illegal search, police say they found a small amount of marijuana in Meredith’s car, so Meredith was charged with drug possession as well as 2 counts of assaulting a police officer. The drug charge was ultimately dropped because it was legal medical marijuana.
Makled pointed out that police violated the 4th amendment by searching his car, “They had no right to go into the vehicle.”
Meredith still remembers being attacked by police when h sees the house, “Every time I go to the house I pull up and I look at that little spot and I remember every little thing and how it happened.” He continued, “It’s not a place I like to be. I don’t call it home anymore. Your home is where you’re supposed to feel safe. I don’t feel safe there.”
Meredith’s lawsuit seeks more than $70,000 in damages. The Taylor police department did not say whether any officers were disciplined for the needless brutality, but it is unlikely since they defended it.
Watch video of the incident below: