Police chief defends officers' conduct in traffic stop
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."