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Jury finds DPD corporal guilty of assaulting naked mental health patient at hospital

Posted: 11:54 AM, Mar 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-20 11:57:50-04
Jury finds DPD corporal guilty of assault of mental health patient

A jury has found Detroit Police corporal Dewayne Jones guilty of assault and battery after being charged in the assault of a mental health patient at Detroit Receiving Hospital in August.

Jones is due back in court for sentencing on May 1, 2019 at 9 a.m., according to the judge.

The alleged assault was captured on cell phone video that went viral, showing Jones and the nude female patient fighting.

The woman was experiencing mental health issues and was brought to the hospital for treatment on August 1, 2018.

That evening investigators said the woman was spitting and shouting profanities. It's alleged she also bit one police officer on the forearm and thigh.

Investigators allege that when Jones attempted to restrain the woman, he punched her in the face and upper body.

"I counted 12 or 13 punches," said Holman. "He was the only one who punches her."

Several officers were trying to subdue the woman who was spitting and biting.

Jones and his partner transported the naked woman from the area of Lincoln and Brainard to Detroit Receiving Hospital for mental health treatment.

Defense attorney Pamella Szydlak, who is representing Corporal Jones, told jurors that Detroit Police officers are under assault everyday on the street and in courtrooms.