A Michigan cop was caught on camera punching an unarmed man in the face — and seemingly knocking him out cold.
The unidentified Detroit officer was in a group of six officers marching toward a man standing in the middle of the street in the early hours Sunday when he suddenly hit him with a right cross, the video first shared on Reddit shows.
“You ain’t got to do that, dog!” someone shouted — as the punched man’s body stiffened and he fell straight back onto the street.
“Oh my Lord!” someone shouted, as the officer who delivered the punch grabbed the fallen suspect and half picked him up, standing behind him so his seemingly unconscious body rested against his legs.
“‘Black Lives Matter’ and you gonna go do that, tho?” someone in the angry crowd shouted at the officer, while someone else called the officer a “ho” and “the black n—a who hit him.”
When the man came to and started ranting, the officer moved his legs from supporting him and walked off, the footage shows.
Others came to aide the punched man, who was wearing a Detroit Tigers shirt and appeared to have a bloodied mouth.
Other footage obtained by Fox 2 showed the man caught up in a mass brawl in the area — and getting pushed over by another cop before he was punched.
Second Deputy Chief Rudy Harper told the Detroit Free Press that officers were trying to break up a fight and it appeared the man was “trying to escalate it and may have even assaulted a cop.”
It was not immediately clear if the man — who could face charges for what happened before he was hit — was examined by medical professionals after the punch, officials told the paper.
The officer who threw the punch was put on desk duty as the department launched an investigation into the videos, officials said.
“I have some serious concerns as to how that was handled,” Detroit Interim Police Chief James White told Fox 2.
“We’ve come to expect our officers to deescalate situations. I did not see de-escalation there, I didn’t see our training there,” White said.
“If there is a violation, we are going to hold the officers accountable and we are going to be transparent about it to the community.”