Man says he's a victim of Southfield police brutality

Man says he's a victim of Southfield police brutality

Posted: Updated:
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) - A man says he was roughed up by Southfield police and that he has the evidence to prove it.

Twenty-five years ago William Franklin made the decision to turn his life around and he's stayed out of trouble since then. So when he was shot with a Taser by a Southfield police officer, he claimed police brutality - and a jury agreed.

When you look at the Southfield Police Department's dash cam obtained exclusively by Fox 2 you might think the man in handcuffs did everything wrong.

He failed to pull over.

He popped off at the mouth.

And then he popped off some more.

But his lawyer says it's police who were out of line.

"He complied with the police officer's directions and request. There was no reason to shoot him. When he fell to the ground the officer added two more jolts of 1200 volts electricity into him," says Ronald Gold, Franklin's attorney.

Gold says last August Southfield police got a call about a domestic disturbance about the people inside a purple car. Police pursued but William Franklin didn't stop.

"He said he never saw the flashing lights, he didn't think the police car was after him and he knew he had done nothing wrong so he pulled around the corner into his driveway," Gold says. "He did run his mouth because he was upset. It was in his neighborhood; the lights were flashing; he was embarrassed for his neighbors. He knew he had done nothing wrong and he was upset that the police were approaching him like this. He had his hands up in the air and was going to place his hands on the hood of the police vehicle when he was just shot."

Last week this case went to trial in Oakland County. Franklin was charged with resisting, obstructing a police officer and drunk driving. He blew a .10. But he walked on all counts.

Gold says the jury's decision proves people are tired of police playing fast and loose.

"We're tired of police conduct that goes beyond what's necessary, and that's what happened here. This was a situation that could've been handled very easily and diffused very easily and instead the police officer became Rambo," says Gold.

Franklin plans to file a civil suit.
  • Maurielle LueMaurielle LueMore>>

  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Marygrove College president wants to help child immigrants

    Marygrove College president wants to help child immigrants

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:37:56 GMT
    The immigration crisis at the border continues to make its way to Michigan. Now, the president of Marygrove College says he wants to provide resources to help child immigrants from Central America.
    The immigration crisis at the border continues to make its way to Michigan. Now, the president of Marygrove College says he wants to provide resources to help child immigrants from Central America.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:10:56 GMT
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
  • VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:38 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:57:29 GMT
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
Powered by WorldNow

4739 NW 53rd Avenue, Sutie B
Gainesville, FL 32653

Phone: (352) 371-0051

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices