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A Detroit police officer has been charged with manslaughter after he punched a 71-year-old man who later died.

Juwan Marquise-Alexander Brown, 29, might face a 15-year sentence if he’s convicted over the loss of life of Daryl Vance, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office introduced on Tuesday.

Police responded to a bowling alley in Detroit on the evening of 1 September following a name about Vance displaying “disorderly” behaviour out entrance, prosecutors mentioned.

Mr Brown and Vance allegedly engaged in a “verbal confrontation” earlier than the officer punched Vance within the face, inflicting him to fall and hit his head on the pavement.

It is unclear how the argument escalated to the purpose of violence.

Juwan Marquise-Alexander Brown, 29, has been suspended from the pressure and will serve round 15 years in jail

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Vance was rushed to hospital and remained there for round three weeks earlier than he was pronounced lifeless on 21 September.

Prosecutors mentioned that an post-mortem decided he died of blunt pressure trauma to his head from the punch.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy mentioned the proof “shows that the officer allegedly was the aggressor.”

“His actions went criminally beyond what was necessary in this situation. This behaviour cannot be tolerated from our law enforcement,” she mentioned.

Mr Brown’s was terminated from the Detroit Police Department after the incident however is planning to enchantment his firing, in line with NBC News.

The incident occured outdoors Garden Bowl in Midtown Detroit

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“Mr Brown is exercising his contractual right to appeal the termination decision. During the pendency of an appeal, if sought, Mr. Brown will remain off DPD payroll and will not possess any law enforcement authority,” the division mentioned.

Detroit Police Chief James White mentioned that the choice to droop Mr Brown got here after a overview of his bodycam footage confirmed the officer asking a number of occasions for Vance to go away the world, which he refused to do.

“In the video, it appears to show the individual strike the officer on the head and the officer responds by striking the individual in the area of the jaw,” Mr White mentioned, in line with The Detroit News.

“This resulted in the individual falling and likely striking his head on the ground.”

During Mr Brown’s arraignment on Wednesday, his lawyer requested a private bond, arguing that he has no prison historical past, that he’s not a flight danger, has in depth ties to the Detroit space and has a seven-year-old son at residence, ABC News reported.

The decide finally set Mr Brown’s private bond at $100,000.

A possible trigger convention within the case is scheduled for 3 January.