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US cop planted cocaine to blame black man beaten by police: Attorney

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A video showed white US police officers beating viciously an unarmed black man during his arrest.

The attorney of the black man who was beaten violently by American police officers says the US police force planted crack cocaine in his car.

A disturbing video showed several white police officers in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, Michigan beating viciously unarmed African-American man Floyd Dent during his arrest in January.

The video released on Wednesday showed police officers pulled over the 57-year-old black man. When he opened the door, the cops dragged him out of the car and one of them placed him in a chokehold.

The officer began to punch Dent in the head 16 times and another officer came and used a stun gun on him three times in the stomach and in the leg.

According to police, the black man who has no criminal record disregarded stop signs and refused to pull over.

The retired autoworker is accused of carrying crack cocaine in his car, but he was tested for drugs and came up clean.

"It's pretty obvious. If you look at the entirely of the tape,” Dent’s attorney Gregory Rohl said on Thursday.

He added one police officer went through the passenger's compartment where allegedly the cocaine was found and came out with his hands clear and clean of anything.

“Then he goes back to the car when the state troopers leave the scene, there's another officer who steps in the middle of the camera, and you can see [the officer] reach into his pocket, and sure enough start pulling some plastic bag out," Rohl said.

Speaking at a press conference, Dent said one of the officers was "nearly choking me to death."

“I’m lucky to be living. I think they were trying to kill me, especially when they had choked me,” Dent said later. “I mean, I was on my last breath. I kept telling the officer, ‘Please, I can’t breathe.’”

Dent is due in court April 1 on a charge of possession of cocaine after charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer were dropped.

Michigan State Police are conducting an independent investigation, said Inkster Police Chief Vicky Yost.

The US has been confronted with a series of images of police brutality, where unarmed black men have died after encounters with police.


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