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Lawsuit planned against Dearborn police following alleged assault

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Video shows a struggle between Dearborn police and Beydoun during the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 2013. Video shows a struggle between Dearborn police and Beydoun during the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 2013.
DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) -- The Dearborn police department could face a lawsuit after a man claiming to be mentally challenged says he was assaulted during a stop last year.

An attorney representing Ali Beydoun said he plans to file a lawsuit stemming from the Dec. 2013 incident when an officer spotted the 27-year-old riding his bicycle at 4:47 a.m. through a neighborhood plagued with auto thefts.

Dearborn police say Beydoun could not produce identification and was dressed in only a light jacket despite freezing temperatures. A struggled ensued after Beydoun refused a request to search for weapons.

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a 34-minute dashcam video showing the stop.

They say the officer involved manhandled Beydoun and may have violated his civil rights.

Dearborn police released the following statement: "A thorough Police Department review of an incident in December 2013 involving Ali Beydoun, who resisted police officers' lawful instructions, resulting in the necessary use of force, showed the officers acted and reported the incident appropriately and according to approved department protocols."

Beydoun was not arrested. He was transported to Oakwood Hospital for suspected mental health issues, police say.

CAIR-MI has scheduled a Thursday afternoon news conference to release more details. FOX 2's Taryn Asher was at the conference and reports Beydoun speaks little English and may have refused the weapons' search because of a language barrier.

Supporters of Beydoun said at the conference they believe the incident was triggered by racial profiling.

They have filed a civil rights complaint with the Department of Justice, and are asking Dearborn police to review the case and the involved officer's record.
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