Battle Creek police have opened an investigation into the arrest Thursday afternoon of a Battle Creek man after cell phone video was posted on social media.
Dawan M. Gordon, 28, was arrested after a patrol officer attempted to stop him near North Washington Avenue and West Emmett Street at 1:03 p.m. because Gordon, known to the officer, did not have a driver's license and had arrest warrants from the Friend of the Court.
Gordon, who has had difficulty standing and walking since he was shot in the back in May 2006, then became unruly as at least two people, including his girlfriend, recorded the interaction with police on their cell phones, police said.
The 3½-minute video has been posted on several sites including YouTube.
In the video Gordon is briefly seen and heard as officers ask him to leave the car and is then carried to the patrol car. Police said Gordon at first refused to get out of the car, saying he was unable to stand, even though the same officers said they have seen him stand and walk. Moments later he slid off the car seat and onto the ground.
He was eventually taken to Bronson Battle Creek and then to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, where he was checked and returned to police custody and taken to the Calhoun County jail.
Gordon was arraigned Friday on two counts of resisting police. Bond was set at $2,000 and a preliminary examination was scheduled for Dec. 29.
"It was a traffic stop that happened yesterday and it was filmed and placed on Facebook," Chief Jim Blocker said Friday afternoon. "We are thoroughly investigating and pulling all the video and audio we can.
"There was no use of force by the officers," Blocker said. "He did have to be lifted and he had to be carried and he was using a cane and walker and he didn't want to use those and officers had to assist him to a patrol vehicle. Right now we don't see any policy or procedural violations."
He said both officers involved in the arrest are continuing to work.
Blocker said the two officers knew Gordon and police had contact with him as recently as Sept. 1, when he was arrested after a traffic stop and charged with possession of marijuana.
Video from that traffic stop showed Gordon able to stand up out of the same car he was driving Thursday.
As part of its investigation into Thursday's arrest, Blocker said the department is gathering other information, including video and audio from police cars as well as video from buildings in the area. He expects to conclude the investigation by the end of next week.
In the department report, the officer, who is not named, said he stopped Gordon because he knew Gordon didn't have a driver's license. Gordon turned onto Brooks Avenue, just off Emmett Street and west of North Washington Avenue, and stopped his car.
The officer said he saw Gordon moving about in the car and became suspicious he might be trying to hide a weapon or drugs.
"I asked Gordon if he had a driver's license," the officer wrote in his report. "He stated he did not have a license. I advised him he was under arrest. Gordon immediately became irate."
The officer reported that Gordon began yelling loudly, pulled away and refused to exit the car.
Gordon continued to say he couldn't walk, the officer reported, but the officer said he had seen him stand and walk recently.
Gordon eventually slid out of the car and onto the ground and then was carried by two officers to the patrol car parked behind Gordon's vehicle. He resisted officers trying to place him in the car, police said, and eventually slid to the ground until a LifeCare Ambulance arrived and he was taken to Bronson Battle Creek.
At the hospital he continued to yell for about 20 to 30 minutes, told officers he would sue them, have them fired and have video placed on the internet, police said.
Officers said at one point he became quiet, apologized for his actions and said he just wanted to see his daughter. He asked that any charges be dropped. He again became irate when officers said they were seeking charges of resisting police.
The officer was with Gordon for six hours at Bronson Battle Creek, where at one point he walked across a room to use the telephone, the officer said. Gordon was taken to Kalamazoo for further evaluation and released to police at 11:55 p.m. Thursday and taken to jail.
Records show that Gordon had been free on bond after being charged with an armed robbery in Lansing. Police attempted to arrest Gordon for being disorderly at the Battle Creek Central Fieldhouse in February 2008 in an incident that led to the arrest of Kalamazoo City Commissioner Stephanie Moore, who police said was interfering with officers.
Blocker said Friday several threats against the department have been posted on social media because of the video.
"We have taken an unusual approach and reached out to community members, including former gang members and folks who have gotten out of prison and who we have established a relationship with. They have seen the videos and listened to the audio and seen the police reports. They are going to make contact with the local people who have made the threats."