Jermaine says police physically mistreated Michael. Santa Barbara police deny the allegation

By Gary Susman
December 13, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Is Michael Jackson a victim of police brutality? Jermaine Jackson says he was, and that his brother can prove that Santa Barbara police physically mistreated him during his few hours in custody after he surrendered for booking on child-molestation charges last month. Jermaine raised the allegation in an interview with MSNBC’s Dan Abrams on ”The Abrams Report” on Thursday, saying Michael had proof that ”he was very much mistreated” during his booking. He declined to be more specific, saying only, ”The pictures will show you everything.”

Talking to the Associated Press, police spokesman Chris Pappas denied Jermaine’s allegation. Police treated the singer ”with courtesy and professionalism throughout the process,” Pappas said, adding that no complaint had been filed since Nov. 20, the day Jackson was handcuffed, booked, and released on $3 million bail. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara prosecutors have yet to file formal charges in the case; Jackson has called the accusations against him a ”big lie.”