Police Chase Bystander

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A report says video and audio tapes released by the Kalamazoo County sheriff's office show two deputies lost sight of a car they were pursuing before they mistakenly pulled a female bystander from her car by her hair.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reported Saturday the unidentified deputies forced bystander Michelle Selbee of Scotts from her car about 25 seconds after their vehicle was passed and was fired upon from a different car that was being pursued by other officers.
Sheriff Richard Fuller has said the deputies mistakenly thought Selbee was one of the suspects being pursued.
Selbee has hired attorney who calls the actions of the deputies "criminal."


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  • by Sandi on Nov 8, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    Pulled her out of her car by her hair! I don't think any of us need to hear anymore. I don't think calling it police brutality is off the mark at all. I hope she sues the city, county and the two bullies. What the devil were they thinking. Oh excuse me they weren't, or they wouldn't have done this.
  • by Marlaina Location: Lansing on Nov 7, 2010 at 09:50 PM
    Why did they have to pull her from the car by her hair? Even if she was from the car they were persuing if gives them no right to be abusive. I'm tired of police officers abusing their power. I hope she gets a fat settlement because she deserves it!
  • by Jim Location: Ingham County on Nov 7, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    I do not agree with the results of this chase Nor the way this innocent lady was treated. I do have to wonder whats behind a news agencys motive when they take situations from another area and make them local news. Is it because of the incident at a local high school when a student interfered with an arrest and was tazed? When something local happens,it appears the media searches for anything anti law enforcement and floods the local news with anything makeing all police look bad. This type of media coverage appears motivated to make us believe police intenionally harrass the public and use the badge to make it right. Many times coverage is poorly written,lacking facts and one sided with the news takeing a stand against the officers risking life to protect us. I see others comment against this reporting often. On many occasions the news can make it appear these incidents are race motivated when in fact race was not a factor. Be professional and non assuming or dont report at all.
  • by Mari Location: Indy on Nov 7, 2010 at 03:53 PM
    She did not agree to meet with Mr. Fuller--I hope they can settle out of court-she deserves something for her pain and suffering! If a cop did that to me-and they did not apologize and make sure I was okay (then pay me $$$)--I have health problems and if you pull my hair (it would make it much worse)
  • by Dan Location: Haslett on Nov 7, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    Actually, yeah, pulling a bystander out of their car by their hair would technically be "Assault". Instead, they probably should have just drawn their weapons on her and treated her like she was armed and extremely dangerous until proven otherwise. What is a cop to do? Be polite until the suspect shoots you in the chest and THEN get rough with them? Cut the cops a break.
  • by Dan Location: Hawaii on Nov 7, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    They absolutly were criminal. At the very least they used excessive force when pulling her from the car by her hair. YOU GO FOR IT GIRL!
  • by Jay Location: Lansing, MI on Nov 7, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    Put ALL of the cops involved in jail and throw away the key.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Nov 7, 2010 at 06:59 AM
    If the police honestly thought she was the person who fired at them, she is lucky to be alive.
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