Local man seeks apology from Lansing Police Department

“I’d do it all over again,” Taft said. “It was their life, my life.”
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 5:57 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - DeMarco Taft told News 10, “No one should have to live through what I lived through.”

What happened after the surveillance video footage of a confrontation between Taft and several others wasn’t caught on camera: An incident that left two people in the hospital with knife wounds and Taft in handcuffs.

“I’d do it all over again,” Taft said. “It was their life, my life.”

He says what drove him out of his home in the middle of night Nov. 14 2020, and ultimately to violence, was an act of just trying to be a good Samaritan.

“I was in the house watching Netflix with my wife and I heard a young lady screaming for help on the side of my window,” Taft said. “So as my home video shows, I ran out to see what was going on.”

Taft says a woman was getting beat up by his next door neighbors, and when he tried to help they turned on him.

“They had weapons and they headed towards me with the weapon, said that they were going to kill me. And so, I defended myself and I cut two of them.”

And he says it could have all been avoided had Lansing police not ignored his cries for help.

“My wife and mother-in-law called police over ten times. This confrontation lasted over an hour,” Taft said. “I had to stand my ground and as a result of that, I will be faced with either fight or flight. But where do I run to? Because I’m already at home.”

Documents News 10 obtained reveal Lansing police were called to the area multiple times that night, but after unsuccessfully trying to disperse people and being ignored, they left.

The officer in his report wrote, “Based on my experience as a Lansing Police Officer, I know 912 Johnson to be a place where police are called often residents there are hostile and violent toward police.”

“He said himself, he said that he left. He fled. Out of fear…” Taft said. “He fled and left me there to fight with a gang he knew to be violent, all by myself.”

To this day Taft says he lives in fear, which is why he did this interview with much of his face covered.

He’s still worried about retaliation from his neighbors.

“I upgraded my security surveillance cameras,” Taft said. “I have crowd control barriers like you see at the concert surrounding my entire house I installed a eight foot fence in my backyard. So, I’m taking the necessary precautions, but the gang are still threatening my life. They walked past my house posturing they even walked back and shot in the air, I made several reports.”

Taft added, “I feel frustrated. I feel like [Lansing Police] don’t care about my life, that they don’t care about my family’s life.”

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