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Police chief defends officers' conduct in traffic stop

April 16, 2015
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A police chief in the region is defending his officers' conduct in a traffic stop that led to a federal lawsuit.

Michael Kinney sued South Haven police last month in Grand Rapids federal court, saying officers mistreated him during a 2013 stop.

He says officers put him in a choke hold after forcing his vehicle into a ditch.

Kinney says he's diabetic and was experiencing low blood sugar.

Kinney says he had a crushed windpipe and damage to his vocal cords.

He was arrested for fleeing and eluding but wasn't formally charged.

Chief Thomas Martin says recently discovered dash-camera video shows "frightening evidence of Mr. Kinney's erratic driving and crash."

Martin says the video shows his officers "acted in a professional manner at all times."

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