Black Man Who Suffers From Mental Illness Beaten By Milwaukee Police Officers
A man has been charged with three counts of battery after he got in a fight with six police officers. A video of the brawl between the officers and Demetrious Lowe, 25, on a street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has gone viral. The video goes back and forth between the officers violently hitting Lowe with police batons and Lowe approaching them with his fists curled and blood streaming down his face.
At least three of the officers were injured and Lowe suffered several broken bones in the incident, which Lowe’s family says was an unusual mental health episode. On May 2 police were dispatched to the northern Milwaukee neighborhood after receiving reports that a man had kicked down the door of a residence. They found Lowe, who matched the suspect’s description, walking nearby bleeding from his left arm and repeatedly saying: ‘I Am King James’
‘I am King James.’
The officers ordered the 25-year-old to stop, but when he refused they tried to surround him. He pulled away and made his hand into a fist as he walked toward one of the officers, who tried to pepper spray him but it had no effect. Lowe then allegedly punched the officer in the face, knocking him into the street and breaking a bone in his face.
He started to run as the officers pursued him until three more officers surrounded him, striking him with batons. Lowe delivered another punch to an officer’s face, knocking him to the ground where Lowe struck him again in the back of the head. He also punched another officer in the face, and caused a fourth to sprain his left thumb in the struggle.
Lowe’s family has said he was having an unusual mental health episode and are questioning whether police followed proper policies during the incident. The family has said that Lowe suffered broken bones requiring reconstructive surgery. He was reportedly moved from the hospital to the county jail Saturday night.
Three officers have been placed on administrative leave with a fourth officer also suspended as the family questions whether proper police protocol was followed during the incident.