2 Detroit police sergeants charged with felonies for beating of man at Greektown Casino

June 03, 2019, 4:54 PM

(Photo: Facebook, Greektown Casino-Hotel)

Two Detroit police sergeants have been charged with misconduct and assault for allegedly beating a man in the Greektown Casino parking garage lobby. 

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says Sgt. Raytheon Martin, 40, and Sgt. Lacell Rue, 35 punched the 26-year-old Detroit man multiple times and hit him in the head after a July 2018 argument, even though he was not being aggressive and holding his hands up. Sgt. Rue also tased him twice, the prosecutor's office says. The 2:55 a.m. incident was videotaped.

Police Chief James Craig didn't take kindly to the charges, telling The Detroit News he'd reviewed the surveillance video and that the men may have been "overcharged."

"This could have a chilling effect on how our officers do their jobs," Craig said. "If they're reluctant to use force when force is needed, that's not good. I'm not happy about it at all.

Rue and Martin were arraigned Monday morning in 36th District Court. Both are charged with misconduct in office, and assault and battery. Martin is also charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

Their next court appearance is June 13.

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