“I feel sorry for the families of the police officers as well because I seen blood drawn from them, and I know we all make mistakes, we’re all not perfect and I thought the cops did the best at that point,” Anthony Lowe said.
But Lowe takes issue with what happened after the officers got his son to the ground.
“I seen the kicking, the stomping, I seen one cop with a baton stabbing him,” Lowe said.
“They was just basically abusing him at that point,” Demetrious’ sister, Maurche Reed, said.
Milwaukee police were called out after Lowe's girlfriend called 911, saying he was being violent and had possibly had been drugged.
Anthony Lowe said his son had just moved back to Milwaukee five months ago. He said his son called him days before the incident and he urged him to go to the hospital.
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“He said, ‘Pop, I’m sorry. I’ve done some things you told me not to do. And, he was partying,” Lowe said. “There was something wrong with my child, so I told him to go straight to the emergency room,”
His family says he was suffering from mental health issues during the incident. And despite their apologies, the family still plans to sue the police department.
“There were a lot of mistakes on their end,” Anthony Lowe said.
Three officers are on administrative duty – one other officer is suspended with pay while the incident is being investigated.