A black Michigan pastor was captured on video and called a white "cracker" officer after being handcuffed for trying to help a member of his congregation who had allegedly been assaulted.
The Reverend David Bullock, who preaches at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland, initially cooperated with the police who came on the scene to investigate the possible assault of a child by a mentally ill woman.
But Bullock and Detective Keath Bartynski quickly nodded off and the pastor was arrested and in a heated tirade they called the police "cracker" and shouted "This is called racism … I asked him a question and now I'm handcuffed". ?
The Rev. David Bullock, in the photo on the left, was arrested and charged with obstructing the police on June 24 while trying to help one of the members of his congregation allegedly assaulted.
After being asked several times to step aside and refuse, the police arrested him, and Bullock imagined himself in front of his Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church church in Highland, Michigan.
He was arrested and charged with obstructing the police and an investigation is under way
The incident was unleashed on June 24 and was captured by the police body camera and images of the police car in a 17-minute video released on Tuesday by a third party.
The heartbreaking clip begins outside the church where a small girl was apparently assaulted and was detailing the incident to an officer.
The pastor approached the officer to tell him that the girl and her mother were invited from the church that was visiting Virginia. When Officer Bartynski asks for his address, Bullock asks "What is all this?" About three minutes after the video.
& # 39; What is it all for? Really? She was assaulted by this lady … "says Bartynski.
Bullock answers & # 39; I'm just asking. I have the right to ask
You have the right to ask, but you're also interfering with my research. I'm going to need them to back off, "the cop responds.
Bartynski warns that if he does not back down, he will be arrested, and Bullock responds firmly: "arrest me."
After round trip, the officer aggressively pushes Bullock near the police car, away from where he was interviewing the victim and his mother.
When Bullock does not back down, Bartynski tells him angrily & # 39; knock him & # 39; and the pastor is escorted to the police car, while the churchgoers, alarmed, begin to cry.
They put him in a patrol car from where he launched a tirade calling the police "cracker"
Annoyed, he said: This is called racism … I asked him a question and now I'm handcuffed & # 39;
From the back of the patrol car, he urged church goers to call the mayor and the media
Inside the car, Bullock explodes in frustration shouting at churchgoers who clamor for the scene to call the mayor, call the media and take pictures and record the video of the arrest.
& # 39; This is called racism. Do not tell me to cooperate. Tell him to act correctly. I did not do anything. I asked him why he was taking the address of a Virginia woman. What is the point of that? They are not pressing charges. I asked a simple question, "he shouted from the back of the police car.
"You all have the fear-est n ***** I've seen in my life," he said.
& # 39; Are you going to let this cookie do this? Better get up! Get your license plate number! the Scream.
The clip ends with Bullock arriving at what appears to be jail.
Bullock says he believes the race played a role in his arrest on June 24 outside the church
The pastor was accused of obstructing the police and the case is pending. He believes the race was a factor in his arrest, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"It's unfortunate, but blacks do not get the benefit of the doubt, I do not think you'll see arresting a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi or an episcopal rector, I do not think you'll see any of my Caucasian counterparts. respected as the leader of their congregations, "Bullock told The Detroit News.
He is not sure why the third one posted the video clip, which only shows parts of the police images published on the day, and I'm missing material from the police station.
An investigation is also under way into Detective Bartynski who made the arrest.
Bartynski was placed on administrative leave after the incident but returned to work on July 16.
The detective was convicted of minor assault in 2014 for an interaction with a civilian in a bar in 2013.