DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A lawsuit by a Livonia man claims he was sucker-punched by a Detroit cop as he was being led out of the MGM Grand Casino.
On July 30, Patrick Poisson was in the U Me Drink Bar inside the casino when police were called after he allegedly inappropriately touched one of the waitresses. Poisson claims as he was being escorted out of the casino, he was sucker punched by two Detroit Police officers.READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
The officers claim Poisson tried to fight with them by throwing the first punch. Poisson’s lawyer says video surveillance of the incident backs up his client’s claim.Tillson Street's Halloween Displays Draws Thousands
Besides suing the city, Poisson also names officers Arthur Dudal and Jose Ortiz.
Poisson was charged with assaulting a police officer and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The criminal sexual conduct charge was dropped after the waitress said she didn’t want to press charges. The assault charge was dropped after prosecutors reviewed security video.
Detroit police declined to comment, citing pending litigation.MORE NEWS: Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
The Associated Press contributed to this report.