GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kavosaye Phillips' was arrested May 20, 2020, after a car he was in the passenger seat of was found stopped in the roadway near Division and Delaware on Grand Rapids' southeast side.
He was found to have a gun on his person and was on federal parole.
His attorney, Lane Zabawa, said regardless of whether or not the use of force in his arrest was justified, as it was by Grand Rapids Police department, Kavosaye needed medical attention sooner.
“He was cleared on the scene according to GRPD," Zabawa said. "I’ve looked through 100 hours of footage. And I’ve never seen anyone clear Kavosaye at the scene. He’s received no medical attention in the hands of the Grand Rapids police department."
GRPD states that Kavosaye was offered medical attention and refused it.
Per GRPD, AMR, the medical staff on the scene reported that he refused medical attention.
Body camera footage given to FOX 17 by Zabawa shows Phillips being asked if he'd like medical attention.
At first, Kavosaye doesn't give a clear answer. When he's later asked if he'd like an ambulance, the body camera video shows Kavosaye answering saying, "yes, I do."
“He just receives no respect," Zabawa said. "He has officers tell him he’ll be seen by an ambulance. He has officers ignore him."
Kavosaye's injuries include broken teeth and a bloodied face.