Detroit 36th District Judge Kenneth King on Thursday dismissed a case against a Detroit police officer who was charged with manslaughter after he struck a 71-year-old man outside the Garden Bowl bowling alley on Woodward Avenue in Midtown on Sept. 1.
King determined that the Wayne County prosecutors failed to present probable cause to send the case to trial, the Detroit News reports. The prosecutor's office said it will appeal.
Officer Juwan Brown, 29, was charged in the death of Daryl Vance, 71.
Brown got into an argument with Vance outside the bowling alley and allegedly punched Vance in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement. He died in the hospital Sept. 21 from blunt force trauma to the head, prosecutors alleged, according to the News.
The prosecutor's office alleged that the officer went beyond what was necessary to address the situation.