Video shows 5 Lansing police officers, beat, tase man during arrest

Three Lansing police officer have been put on administrative leave with pay after video of an arrest began circulating on social media.

Lansing police were sent to the 800 block of Baker Street at 11:21pm Tuesday on a report of a fight involving five or six people, Lansing Public Information Director Robert Merritt said.

Officers spoke to three people who were standing in the road and determined one, a 25-year-old man, was the primary suspect in the assault, Merritt said.

When officers tried to arrest the 25-year-old, he resisted, Merritt said, and additional officers came to help arrest him.

Eyewitness video of the incident shows several police officers wrestle the man to the ground, with an officer heard yelling at the man to get on his back several times. Several punches are thrown by at least three officers, striking the man on the ground.

Multiple Tasers were also deployed.

At one point, the man can be heard yelling “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”

The officers all got off him, and a male officer instructed officers to “roll him over so he can breathe.”

“I didn’t do it,” the man says. “You all tased me seven times.”

He then starts chanting “George Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter.”

Merritt did not respond to a question about how many times police deployed a stun gun. He also did not respond to questions about why so many officers were involved in the arrest and if the strikes seen in the video are consistent with officer training.

“During the lengthy struggle to secure the suspect, Officers deployed a Taser and delivered strikes,” Merritt wrote in a news release. 

Merritt said the man was arrested and taken to a local hospital for evaluation, something he said is standard procedure after a stun gun is deployed. He was cleared at the hospital and taken to the Lansing lockup.

Two officers sustained minor injuries, Merritt said. Police are seeking charges from the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, he said. 

The incident remains under investigation.