Kalamazoo, Michigan (U.S.) police officer smashes handcuffed suspect’s head into wall, knocks out 3 of suspect’s teeth. Consequence: a 10-day suspension.

Kalamazoo police officer Derek Nugent slammed a 16 yr. old suspect’s face into a wall at a police station, resulting in 3 of the boy’s teeth breaking. The suspect’s hands were handcuffed behind him, so he was not a physical threat to the officer. The officer received a whooping 10-day suspension. The suspect, an african-american 16 yr. old boy, has a history of criminal problems. Apparently, those 2 factors are enough to let the officer off with a slap on the wrist. Quite disgusting. Even more disgusting is the following “explanation” that continues to enable police abuse like this.

No one is justifying what Officer Nugent did, but the Kalamazoo County prosecutor confirms the teen has a long list of run ins with the law, including assault and battery and arson.

Well, hell, that makes everything ok, then, right? Imagine if there had been no video…..or imagine if this kid was from a white, middle-class family? A whole different story then…

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Disturbing video of the incident

Kalamazoo City Commission Members–feel free to drop them a line to let them know what you think of the situation.

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15 Responses to “Kalamazoo, Michigan (U.S.) police officer smashes handcuffed suspect’s head into wall, knocks out 3 of suspect’s teeth. Consequence: a 10-day suspension.”

  1. Jim Says:

    Fuck You flamming little faggit fucks, dumb little rat bastard got what he fuckin deserved, dumb shit shouldn’t have been fuckin with the police

  2. Your Daily Chum Says:

    Jim, thanks for reading. I strongly considered deleting your comment due to your slurs, but I thought it was important that people see that ignorant folks like yourself

    A. sadly still exist
    B. condone and enable police brutality.

    So, thanks for being my example of why cops continually get away with abusing their power. You would do well to go back and get your G.E.D. as your grammar and spelling really aren’t up to snuff. Your attitude seems to make you a good candidate for the police, but I don’t think even they would take you with your obviously low education level.

    You see, the problem with the police breaking their own rules, and I would arguing committing assault on a suspect is that, like most government agencies, once they get away with abuse, they’re more likely to do it again. Due process (I’ll let you look that up) is designed to protect everyone, not just people of your skin color. If you or I can’t bash someone’s face into a wall without consequences, why should the police be able to do that? Your lack of critical thinking blinds you from seeing that if the cops can bash that kid’s teeth out, they can do it to yours as well. Like your guidance counselor, I’m actually trying to help you, Jim.

    From your comment, you’re obviously a very uneducated fellow, so I’ll give you some advice. You should be a little bit more concerned over police brutality, as most people in jails and prisons share your disdain for knowledge. Also, don’t forget spell-check. I really can’t stress that enough for you.

    p.s. You also seem to have some anger issues. You might want to get that under control as that, combined with your 6th grade (at best) level education, could have you in some bad situations where you end up handcuffed yourself. I tend to think once your hands are behind your back, you wouldn’t appreciate having your head smashed into the wall. Actually, your family might like it, as I’m sure they’ve already got some sleazy lawyers on speed-dial from the time “mama done cut off her finger and stuck it in her burger so she could sue Burger King.” If you’ve lost that number, ask your mom again, I’m sure she’ll spot it while she’s watching Maury Povich and sitting on her rapidly expanding posterior.

    Thanks again for reading, or thank whomever it was that read the story to you.

    Happy Sunday.

    • alwdley Says:

      That was indeed a very beautiful way of placing Jim the idiot in educated handcuffs and smashing his head into words though I’m not sure if his brain is hardwired to critical thinking. Good job!

  3. Kalamazoo citizen Says:

    I know officer Nugent and chances are I know the kid that was injured. I won’t get into the overblown generalizations that people use this situation to debate. This is an isolated incident that taken on its face was obviously caused by a trouble kid who 1. has no respect for authority & 2. doesn’t know when to shut up and stop resisting.

    This kid could have walked down the hall and got booked like any sane person would instead he chose to curse, insult, and be combatitive with an officer who at some point had to put the kid against the wall to keep him from attacking. I totally understand the case against brutality but this is not one of those cases. The videotape from Philly showing 15 officers kicking and beating 3 men on the ground – THATS EXCESSIVE FORCE. this is just a kid being an ass and learning a very valuable lesson – that is unless people try to make him a martyr.

    This kid is not a hero and he didn’t “deserve” but he sure as hell was begging for it.

  4. Your Daily Chum Says:

    Wow…where to begin with your comment “Kalamazoo Citizen.” You list 2 causes for the incident, both of them being the child’s fault. I agree this kid probably has no respect for authority, and probably doesn’t know when to shut up and stop resisting. So, do those 2 things naturally lead to an officer smashing a kids face into the wall with enough force to break 3 teeth? Because if that’s the case, why do we even have laws against police brutality? Most people arrested have no respect for authority. Do they warrant a face smashing, also? Is a possible 3rd cause that an officer that was pissed off at a suspect made a bad decision and used too much force?

    I also love your euphemism for slamming his head into a wall as “put the kid against the wall to keep him from attacking.” I’m assuming you know the kid was cuffed, right? I’m glad you actually admit the Philly case was excessive force. But, I would argue the Kalamazoo incident was as well. No, there weren’t multiple officers beating on this kid, but he was cuffed already, and the officer certainly used a lot of force to break his teeth. I’d be curious as to how you’d write excessive force guidelines. Does a mouthy suspect that doesn’t comply instantly warrant a beating?

    When will a cop, or someone closely affiliated with a cop such as yourself, actually stop justifying this stuff? You claim the kid didn’t deserve it, but I wonder if you really believe that? Your tone seems to indicate that people should just ease up on the officer as the kid had it coming.

    Look, I wouldn’t want this kid dating my daughter, don’t get me wrong. I’m not arguing he’s a saint by any means. I also don’t think all cops are bad either. To the contrary, I think the majority are decent people that defend the law they were sworn to uphold. However, I’d really like to see a balanced view by all parties, especially cops. Step up and say, “This is wrong, pure and simple. No excuses.” I know it’s a hard job, but come on, there’s no excuse for this behavior.

  5. B Says:

    The officer is a like all bullies, a coward inside. He did this to an unarmed, restrained, child, half his size. While, in uniform, carrying a weapon and with back up in the building.
    This was merely revenge for all the ass beatings he got in high school for being an obnoxious dueche. Derek became a cop so he could treat people like this and deserves to be locked up.
    Hey Derek, You want to test you aptitude as a REAL man. Show that video to some kids on the street, unarmed, and show them how tough you are. You did nothing wrong, so you should have nothing to fear Right?
    I know a lot of people angry about this and there is an action group forming. If you are interested, google, “Kalamazoo citizens for justice Nugent”. We won’t stop until he is Fired, Prosecuted, Jailed and sued.

  6. future probation officer Says:

    I am going to be a probation officer for troubled teens in a year and incidences like this are what keep me going and fired up.

    This officer had NO right to slam this kid into the wall, he’s just a minor! and he lost 3 teeth??? It makes me furious seeing people in authority abusing their power like this.

    Thank you “your daily chum” for not being blinded by our corrupt system like so many others.

    Some days I really worry about our country’s future.
    does anyone have his address? I would really like to write him a complaint.

  7. Brad Says:

    As a victim of Police Brutality on the Day of recognition of this problem, I would like to state that government along with cops have no accountability anymore! It’s too bad that those that are suppose to serve us, instead abuse us in all ways. My trust in America is at an all time low, maybe with need a complete change in everything? Especially those who believe torture and capital punishment are answers.

  8. Jasmine Says:

    you should havent said that about my boyfriend i know he can be a hand full but he should have not lost 3 teeth and a mark on him and thats why he sued them and won freak yall some hater so stop hatin on my man

  9. alwdley Says:

    regarding the Criminal Officer of this incident. It is quite unfortunate that many Police Departments around the Country are forced to hire these psychologically unbalanced people who don the uniform and perform their duties with a vengeance to exact payback onto the world.
    I have served in the U.S military and served my City as a police officer and the type of officer who constantly find themselves in these situations are the officers with very little respect for other people and the hateful guys usually young Caucasian males from the Suburbs with little understanding and sensitivity to people of other cultures and of course the police department spokesperson looking to spin the situation (Meaning lie to the general public) Not to mention the amount of money these bad officers cost the City in lawsuits and Court settlements. But more importantly these officers are making it bad for themselves in the long run because there is an underground sentiment brewing against officers killing the innocent and abusing their “authority” Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  10. u no who i am Says:

    theres alot good honest cops out there maybe about10 percent i no i grew with cops grew up with guys that became cops got relatives that are cops knew guys that becames cops and quite because the justic system is to corrupte and they would not bring there morles down to the lieing scum that are are cops i works with cops let me tell i have delt with people from all walks of life in my x bissness and THE most LOW LIFE DIRETYIEST LIEING CRIMANEL SCUM IS A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THE JUSTIC SYSTEM FROM THE JUDGES TO THE PROSACUTERS AND LAWERS AND COP SCUM PIGS AND THEY WOUNDER WHY SO MANY PEOPLE HATE THEM AND WOUNDER WHY THERE CALLED PIGS I THINGS I HAVE SEEN THESE LOW LIFE SCUM DO TO HONEST CITZENS TRYIN TO MAKE SOME THING OUT OF THERE LIFE IS APPALING AND DOWNRIGHT NAZIS SCUM THEM KALAMAZOO PIGS SCUM U NO WHO I AM AND LET ME TELL THEM THEY THINKS THAT WHEN THEY LIED AND TERROIZE MY FAMILY AND ME THEY MIGHT WHAT TO STEP UP AND CLEAR ALL THE BULL THAT THEY TERRIOZRES US WITH BECAUSE ITS NOT OVER YET U FILITHY LOW LIFE LIEING SCUM KALAMAZOO COP PIGS AND A FEW OTHERS OF THERE LAZY LIEING GOVERMENT SCUM THERE TOO LAZY TO WORK AND EVERYTHING THEY OWNED THEY STOLED AND THE HAVE NEVER SOPKE THE TRURH THERE WHOLE LIFE IS A LIE AND EVERY WORD THAT CROSSES THERE LIPPS IS A LIE BUT ILL BE NICE AND LET U SCUM LIEING KALAMAZOO PIGS AND OTHERES SCUM WORKERS IN THERE PROFESSION BUT I NOT GOING WAIT TO MUCH LONGER U SCUM REMEMBER THERES MORE THEN THE JUSTIC SYSTEM JUSTIC IN THIS WORLD EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY WOULD U SCUMM LIKE ME TO RUN YOUR LIEING SCUM NAMES A PICTURES ALL OVER THE WORLD ON THE INTERNET IN THE NEWS TV ECT THEY ALL READY KICKED OUT THE OL CHIEF OF POLICE BECAUSE HE WAS A NO GOOD S O B SCUM CRIMENAL U LOW LIFW SCUM GET IT DONE AND CLEAN UP THE FASLE RECORDERS U GAVE ME AND PEOPLE U DOPE PUSHING LOW LIFE SCUM OF THE SEWER KALAMAZOO IS A GREAT CITY THERES NO ROOM FOR U LOW COPS SCUM GET OUT OF OUR TOWN BETTER YET GET OUT OUR CROUNTRY EVEN IF THE WORLD BE A MUCH BETTER PALCE IF U SCUM WOULD DIE U LOW LIFE SCUM MY PEOPLE ARE GOOD PEOPLE AND U SCUM TERRIRIZE US BECAUSE U SEEN A LOT OF U SCUM COMITTING CRIMES AND I PROMISE U WILL HAVE JUSTIC SERVED ON U ONE WAY OR THE OTHER GOT 90 DAYS SCUM

  11. AK™ Says:

    who hasn’t seen the youtube vid?

    How wise is it to verbally threaten a police officer with bodily harm IN A POLICE STATION?
    If the guy is innocent why was he trying to run away?

    I don’t care what color the kid’s skin is..you do that and some officer and you deserve to have your teeth knocked out.

  12. 40Cal Says:

    Your Daily Chum has probably never had to put on any type of a uniform and therefore is playing “Monday morning quarterback”. He probably has never served his country in anyway, shape, or form but is quickly to to judge those that do. Wonder what the Chum has to say about our troops overseas?

  13. randy Says:

    that dose not surprize the cops are paid to help the public not lie cheat and steal like most cops do the court systems has a lot of scum working for there offices and thats the plain truth there lieing low life theifing scum

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