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Detroit-area police chief meets black activists over force

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) – A police chief in suburban Detroit has met with activists who are warning blacks to avoid traveling through the community after a man said he was repeatedly beaten by an officer.

Eastpointe Public Safety Director John McNeilance told reporters that it was a “productive” meeting Wednesday that turned “lively at times.” He says every use of force is thoroughly reviewed, although he declined to comment about Frankie Taylor, who is suing.

Taylor, who is black, says he was arrested for drunken driving in 2015, restrained at the Eastpointe police station and repeatedly punched in the head. The confrontation is on video. He says he needed eye surgery.

A police report says Taylor tried to bite officers. A Detroit pastor, the Rev. W.J. Rideout III, wants five officers fired.

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