The attorney for Michigan state Rep. Jewell Jones (D) alleged racism was behind his client’s arrest after witnesses say they observed the politician driving erratically and crashing.
Ali Hammoud, the lawyer for Jones, told the Detroit News on Sunday that Michigan State Police used “excessive force” when arresting his client and there was “no proof” Jones was intoxicated.
“We believe the police used excessive force and Mr. Jones was mistreated in this incident,” Hammoud said.
“If this was not a Black man in Livingston County, he would have been in that ambulance and on his way to the hospital,” the attorney claimed.
The population of Livingston County is 96.7 percent white and .4 percent black. Jones was arrested on I-96, an interstate highway that traverses the county between Detroit and Lansing.
Video showed Jones refusing to comply with officers and was ultimately taken to the ground for arrest