Officer Daniel Mack of the Allen Park Police Department, located in the Detroit metropolitan area, stopped a local man because he claimed he couldn’t see a temporary registration sticker on a minivan he had just bought for his wife. During the traffic stop Mack determined that Kevin Campbell had a suspended license. For that he was arrested, but that was just the beginning of Campbell’s mistreatment at the hands (no pun intended) of Officer Mack and at least two other Good Cops that were present at the time.
Even though a K-9 failed to indicate there were any drugs in his car and there was no other evidence to indicate he had drugs in his possession, Campbell was taken to jail. Once there, he was subjected to a body cavity search, which was both illegal and humiliating. According to Cambell’s lawyer David Robinson, any body cavity search would require both a warrant and that a medical professional perform it.
The illegal search/sexual assault also failed to find any evidence of drugs.
Via wxyz.com, the Detroit area ABC affiliate:
“You can’t do that,” says Kevin Campbell on video captured inside the police lock-up on June 7, 2016.
“Yes, I can. Yes, I can,” says Allen Park Police Officer Daniel Mack.
Campbell, and his attorney David Robinson, say Officer Mack performed an illegal a body cavity search on Campbell.
“Why you putting your fingers in my [expletive]?? Why you feeling my [expletive],” says Campbell in the video.
“Cause you got [something] tucked into your [expletive],” said Mack.
Campbell denies that, and Mack finds nothing during the search.
“It was very dehumanizing,” Campbell told 7 Investigator Heather Catallo. “What he did was unconstitutional, violated my civil rights and violated me as a man period.”
The 32-year-old father from Detroit says he was terrified to find himself in that jail cell, and says he felt helpless.
“My fear switched over to me wondering ‘am I really going to make it out of here alive,’” said Campbell.
Campbell says this all started back in June, when Officer Mack pulled him over on the Southfield freeway near Rotunda. Campbell says he had just bought a minivan for his wife, and it still had the temporary paper license plate taped to the window.
“He said he couldn’t see the license plate. I thought that was very weird and odd that he couldn’t see a license plate by it being 7:00 in the afternoon,” said Campbell.
Campbell was driving with a suspended license, since he says he can’t afford to pay the fees needed to reinstate his license. So Officer Mack patted him down, arrested him, and that’s where Campbell says things start to go wrong.
“He ran my name, he then got the K9 dog out; him and the K9 dog went searching through the car – didn’t find anything,” said Campbell.
Allen Park Police officers do not have scout car cameras or body cameras. If Mack ran the K9 dog through the vehicle, he would have needed probable cause to look for drugs, and a search warrant. There was no search warrant that the 7 Investigators or Campbell’s lawyer could find.
Campbell says the dog didn’t find anything, because there were no drugs. Yet when they arrive at the Allen Park Police Department, Officer Mack is insisting that Campbell put something down his pants.
“Your pants [are] unzipped. I’m gonna find it one way or another, alright? So we can do this the easy way or the hard way,” said Mack on the video. “What you got in your drawers,” said Mack.
After Campbell is put in the holding cell, Officer Mack appears to become irate.
“Drop ‘em,” said Mack.
“Drop what,” asked Campbell.
“Your drawers,” said Mack.
“You want me to get naked,” asked Campbell.
“Yeah, you’re getting naked. You’re in a holding cell, you’re getting naked,” said Mack.
Then, Officer Mack pats Campbell down for a third time, unzips Campbell’s pants, and looks down his underwear.
Officer Mack is still insisting that Campbell needs to take his pants off.
“Drop your drawers,” said Mack.
“I’m not taking my underwear off,” said Campbell.
Then two other police officers enter the room and Campbell and his lawyer say Mack begins the body cavity search.
“Why you putting your fingers in my [expletive],” said Campbell “Why you feeling my [expletive].”
“Cause you got it tucked into your [expletive],” said Mack.
“No,” yelled Campbell.
When Mack doesn’t appear to find anything, he says, “You can keep it.”
“Ain’t nothing to keep,” said Campbell.
“The other officers were being aggressive with their voices telling me “don’t move,” and be still, but it’s kind of hard to be still when you know you have someone grabbing your testicles through your underwear, and putting their fingers in places that another man shouldn’t be,” said Campbell.
“It is a body cavity search; it is the worst intrusion by any public officer anywhere on the face of the planet,” said Attorney David Robinson.
Not surprisingly, Campbell has now filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Allen Park Police and Officer Mack for his actions that night. In addition the lack of a warrant and licensed medical professional, Ofc. Mack also failed to mention the cavity search in his police report. Documentation of any body cavity search conducted is another legal requirement.
Another less than shocking aspect of this story is that Officer Mack has a history of misconduct. Just last year, he was involved in a scandal in which he wrongfully arrested a completely innocent man. In that case, he charged a man named Arthur W. Chapman for reckless driving. After a bystander who had filmed the incident came forward, it was revealed that Chapman was merely driving a car similar to the person Mack had intended to arrest.