According to BLUELIVESMATTER, a surveillance video from a gas station showed the defensive lineman of the National Football League (NFL), Malik McDowell, brawling with a police officer half his size after he was stopped for drunk driving.
The incident happened in February when a police officer from Lathrup Village stopped McDowell for driving during a snowstorm.
TMZ released exterior and interior video footage from the Marathon gas station where McDowell stopped on West 12 Mile in Southfield.
The video started as the football player was standing near the doors of the convenience store, as if to go inside.
The officer told McDowell multiple times before the big man complied, “Have a seat in your car, sir.”
McDowell opened his car’s driver’s door, then shut it down and opened the SUV’s back door and sat down in the backseat facing out.
The policeman requested backup over his radio, and then he approached the SUV and asked McDowell for his registration, insurance, and license.
The video showed McDowell immediately asked for a supervisor in a slurred voice.
The officer told McDowell that he was the supervisor on the shift, and McDowell asked what he had stopped him for.
The officer said, “For going about 60 down south here, and then you just spun out right there.”
McDowell argued, “No I haven’t.”
The officer said, “I just saw ya and it’s on camera. I need your license, registration, and proof of insurance, sir.”
McDowell said, “You need to show me some proof. I need your insur- uh, I need your peoples. I need your supervisor.”
The video showed that the footballer didn’t make sense as he argued with the policeman and demanded to see a supervisor over and over.
That’s when McDowell got out of the vehicle and tried to go into the convenience store.
The video showed the officer, who was about a foot shorter than the 300-pound 6-foot-6-inch man, tried to stop him.
The policeman grabbed on to McDowell’s arm, but with the officer still hanging on, the big man kept barreling forward.
The fight was on when the officer tried to put McDowell in custody and threatened the massive man to Taser.
The officer struggled in the aisle with the NFL player, but the drunken football player lost his footing and ended up near the front door on the ground.
The officer drew his Taser and pointed it at McDowell.
The video showed that, as ordered by the officer, McDowell refused to lay down on his stomach and instead sat on his butt and started to ask for a supervisor again.
He advised McDowell that he was going to Taser him several more times and then yelled “Taser, Taser, Taser!”
The tell-tale snap of the Taser is heard, and the video showed for a moment McDowell had a mild look of annoyance on his face.
Then, as if he had just realized that the officer had zapped him, he jumped up and lunged at the officer.
The video showed that they brawled, knocking down store displays of products and sending apples and oranges rolling all over the floor.
That’s when backup arrived, and the video showed a female officer jumped in to assist in taking the football player into custody.
The officers managed to handcuff the big man and then two more officers arrived and grabbed McDowell to walk McDowell to a police car.
But he tried to fight the officers until two more officers arrived and helped pull him outside.
McDowell was arrested for drunk driving, assaulting a police officer, and driving with a suspended license.
According to the police report, The brawl with officers left the gas station with $1,500 in “heavy, extensive damage.”
During an NFL game, the professional football player has never actually been on the field.
In 2017, McDowell was a second-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks, but then in an ATV accident he was injured and missed the entire rookie season.
While on the injury list of the Seahawk in December 2017, McDowell was arrested at an Atlanta nightclub after he allegedly flipped over money at a club, he thought he was owed.
In July 2018, McDowell was waived by the Seattle Seahawks and remained a free agent, although, in March, TMZ reported having a visit with the Dallas Cowboys.
McDowell was arrested again in April and charged with receiving and concealing a stolen Ford F150 pickup truck.