MERIDIAN TWP - A violent encounter between a naked man and Meridian Township police officers is being defended as an act of self-defense. Police were called to a Meridian Township apartment complex Sunday to investigate a report of a naked man roaming the parking lot. According to police, 26-year-old Ronald Ruhl became violent when they approached him. At least three officers suffered injuries while trying to subdue Ruhl. Two were bitten. Police tased Ruhl at least twice before controlling him.
On Friday an attorney representing the Ruhl family say claims that Ruhl "attacked" police officers are false. In a statement released by the family, they say Ruhl is an honorably discharged veteran. They say the allegations that he was under the influence of P.C.P. are false, and that police at the scene ignored warnings that this could be a case of post-traumatic stress syndrome. The statement says Ruhl remains hospitalized due to the police officers conduct.
Meridian township police declined to respond Friday.
Ruhl remains in custody facing four felonies and two misdemeanors.
The arrest gained widespread attention due to a personal video taken by a witness, showing the naked man's altercation with the police officers.