World

Police drag teenager out of car ‘by her hair’ before ‘pointing a gun’ at her young cousins

Reports says police officers who grabbed a teenager and dragged her out of her car are being accused of using excessive force.

Maliyah Clary, 17, was driving with a permit but without an adult before officers from the River Rouge Police Department in Michigan yanked her out of the vehicle during an arrest.

Video footage appears to show officers grabbing her arm and dragging her out of her mother’s SUV. They also allegedly snatched her out the car by her hair.

One police officer is also accused of pointing a gun at Maliyah’s cousins, aged 14 and 15, who were with her at the time.

The River Rouge Police Department is looking into the force used in the arrest of 17-year-old Maliyah Clary
The River Rouge Police Department is looking into the force used in the arrest of 17-year-old Maliyah Clary
The River Rouge Police Department is looking into the force used in the arrest of 17-year-old Maliyah Clary
Footage shows the teen being grabbed – it appears by her arms and hair

Body worn footage of the arrest was obtained by Maliyah’s lawyer.

“I wasn’t understanding why they were asking me to get out of the car,” Maliyah told Fox 2 Detroit, speaking about the incident in February.

“So I was trying to ask them, why, what’s wrong? But they just grabbed me out of the car.”

The River Rouge Police Department is looking into the force used in the arrest of 17-year-old Maliyah Clary
Her mum is upset by the way the incident was handled
The River Rouge Police Department is looking into the force used in the arrest of 17-year-old Maliyah Clary
An officer is accused of pointing a gun at Maliyah’s cousins

Her cousin Nevaeh Anderson added: “I thought he was going to shoot us because we tried to get out the car.”

Maliyah’s mum said she was upset and hurt about how the incident was handled.

Maliyah Clary was arrested and charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest and disobeying a stop sign.

The incident is being investigated as the police department look into the force used during the arrest.

New York Times

Back to top button