Chief to meet with Kalamazoo officer involved in throat-grab

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The leader of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will meet with an officer accused of grabbing a man by the neck before deciding how the department should respond.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the family of 20-year-old Diante Churchwell filed a complaint through the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP.

The family alleges Churchwell went to assist his teenage brother when he heard he was being arrested July 10. The family says Churchwell was grabbed by the throat and arrested after asking officers why they were arresting his brother.

Police allege Churchwell aggressively approached officers. Both brothers were later released by police.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said Tuesday an internal investigation is complete. He says he still needs to meet with the officer to discuss the matter per union rules.

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2 comments

  • Michael

    He went to “assist his brother” when he heard he was being arrested.

    That’s a very telling sentence. Interfering with an arrest is not tolerated by the police. They don’t have to explain to you why they are arresting your brother. If you run up to them screaming while they are trying to make an arrest you deserve what you get.