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Another Case of Police Brutality in Ypsilanti Township

Jun 1, 2020

A white cop from Ypsilanti Township, Michigan was caught on video beating a black woman, Sha’Teina Grady El. While the beating was taking place, two other cops tased and restrained her husband, Dan, to prevent him from stopping the beating.

The three cops claim they were there to investigate a shooting at the home next door to the Grady Els. As they arrive, the woman is standing in front of the neighbors’ fence and her husband is videotaping the cops. One of the cops grabs her husband, and another pushes her away. He can be seen picking her up and carrying her back into the video scene and punches her in the side. He then lifts his fist as high as possible and smashes it down into her head three times, at which point she attempts to slap him away.

The mainstream media have cropped most versions of the video posted on the internet to exclude the start of the incident. But there is no way Sha’Teina Grady El could have been biting the cop as he was lifting her entire body, throwing her against the fence and punching her in the side. It’s easy to see the cop is a large man with a boxer’s strength, and she’s a much smaller woman.

The local county Sheriff’s office claims the cop’s body camera audio shows him saying she is biting him.

They point out Sha’Teina Grady El, who is a nationalist militant, had two other incidents of resisting police. After her release from jail in Washtenaw county, police from Taylor, Michigan arrested her on an outstanding warrant, and she was taken to the Wayne County jail in Detroit.

Sha’Teina Grady El was beaten so badly, her face was bleeding. This is clearly a case of racist police brutality. These white cops, in a disproportionately black township, couldn’t accept that someone dare videotape them.

The Grady Els are Moorish nationalists who actively oppose the U.S. legal system. Given the history of racism, including police brutality which has recently been on full display, it’s certainly not hard to understand why they would do so.

The video rightfully prompted large protests in Washtenaw County including at the Sheriff’s office.