Friday, November 23, 2001

Officer Aleem Abdullah - Benton Harbor PD

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Officer Aleem Abdullah - CSC charges [December 1999]

2000: Officer Aleem Abdullah [Benton Harbor PD] was charged with having sex with an underage girl while on duty. But a jury acquitted him.

2001: Nikkita Abdullah [wife of Officer Aleem Abdullah] is placed on probation for a domestic violence charge.
November 21, 2001: Nikkita Abdullah [wife of Officer Aleem Abdullah] was charged with assault and battery against Verna McGruder, while on probation for domestic violence.

November 23, 2001: An alteraction takes place between Nikkita and Officer Abdullah. Nikkita files a domestic violence complaint against her husband / Officer Abdullah. Berrien County SD is unable to determine who the instigator was, therefore the prosecutor did not file charges.

Police officer won't be charged
Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2001 12:00 am
Updated: 5:00 pm, Tue Nov 15, 2011.
By LYNN STEVENS / H-P Staff Writer
The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH -- Berrien County Prosecutor James Cherry on Wednesday denied a request for an arrest warrant against Benton Harbor Patrolman Aleem Abdullah in an incident his wife, Nikkita, alleged was domestic violence .

Instead, Cherry recommended adding a requirement to her domestic violence probation order that Nikkita have no contact with Aleem Abdullah.

He said he also will recommend she obtain a personal protection order preventing him from contacting her.

In a memo to the investigating officer, Chief Sheriff's Deputy William Marx, Cherry said based on the report of the Nov. 23 incident it was impossible to figure out whether Abdullah or his wife, Nikkita, started the fight.

But Cherry noted that her history of assaultive behavior and the fact that she was at his house at the time seemed to point to her as instigator.

Cherry wrote, "No clear evidence exists which would lead me to believe that we could prevail in a criminal trial where we would have to choose one side over the other."

Cherry added that he has authorized a warrant against Nikkita Abdullah for assault and battery against Verna McGruder at 1252 Bishop St. Nov. 21, two days before she complained her husband assaulted her.

Cherry pointed out the assault and battery warrant "is a problem for Nikkita as she is currently on probation for domestic violence."

If the allegation involving McGruder proves to be true, Nikkita Abdullah would have violated terms of her probation.

Patrolman may face charges
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 12:00 am
Updated: 4:53 pm, Tue Nov 15, 2011.
The Herald-Palladium

BENTON HARBOR -- A Benton Harbor police patrolman is facing a domestic violence complaint stemming from an alleged incident Friday, officials said Monday.

Berrien County Prosecutor James Cherry said he will review a sheriff's department report on Aleem Abdullah. Sheriff's Chief Deputy William Marx reported the department is investigating the complaint filed by Abdullah's wife, Nikkita. The sheriff's department was asked by Benton Harbor police to handle the investigation because Abdullah is one of its officers.

Marx released no details about the incident, other than it occurred at 6:08 p.m. at 1252 Bishop St., Benton Harbor, and no arrests were made.

Cherry said he received the report minutes before 5 p.m. Monday and had not yet read it. He said he probably would make a decision Wednesday whether to press charges in the incident.

Abdullah was charged last year with having sex with an underage girl while on duty. But a jury acquitted him.

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