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UPDATE: Man seen in violent confrontation with police faces three felony charges

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WISN) -

A Milwaukee man was bleeding and yelling that he was "King James" in the moments before his violent confrontation with officers, a criminal complaint filed Monday said.

Demetrious Lowe faces nearly 20 years in prison if convicted of three felony charges of battery to a law enforcement officer in connection with his Wednesday evening arrest near North 51st Street and West Capitol Drive.

According to the charging document, Lowe struck two officers in the face and a third in the back of the head as police tried to take him into custody. One officer was left with a "broken mustache bone" and another "saw stars," the complaint said.

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Family members of a man who was punched and kicked during his arrest while having what officials said was an "unusual mental health episode" expressed outrage Sunday that he was being held in the Milwaukee County Jail and not in a hospital or mental health facility where he could receive care.

Demetrious Lowe had been hospitalized since the violent Wednesday evening arrest that left four officers injured but was moved to the jail sometime over the weekend, family members said.

"They made us unable to visit him in the hospital. They left him alone and by himself and to keep us from seeing him and embracing him, and seeing what they did physically to him," Lowe's aunt, Frana Lowe, told reporters during a small rally outside the jail.

"They took him and they threw him in the county jail, in a place where people have died," she added, referring to the seven inmate deaths in 2016 and 2017, including a case that's resulted in charges against three jail staffers.

Portions of the confrontation between Demetrious Lowe and police officers near North 51st Street and West Capitol Drive were captured on video. One video, published to YouTube by Galaxy Click TV, showed that Lowe was already bleeding in the face and was standing and screaming his own name as officers hit him in the legs with batons.

Lowe fought back and was brought to the ground by several officers, who were seen on video punching and kicking him. One officer shocked him with a stun gun.

A day later, one officer was put on administrative suspension and three others put on administrative duty. 

Jail records show pending charges against Lowe that include battery to officers, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Those charges have not yet been approved by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

Lowe pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage to property and battery in 2012, court records show.

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