On August 18, 2003, Officer Tamieka Moorehead shot and injured her husband [Loniel] during a domestic assault. Officer Moorhead claimed that she had shot her husband in self defense. According to reports, Officer Moorehead had previously been assaulted by her husband.
On August 21st, Officer Moorehead was suspended from the police department.
Officer Tamieka Moorehead - Shot and injured her husband
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, August 21, 2003
...On August 21, 2003, Police Officer Tamieka Moorehead, badge 3078, assigned to the 11thPrecinct, was suspended without pay by Chief Jerry A.Oliver, Sr.
On August 18, 2003, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Professional Accountability Bureau was notified of an alleged act of misconduct on the part of Police Officer Tamieka Moorehead. More specifically, it was alleged
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that while off duty Officer Moorehead did discharge her department issued weapon, thereby striking her husband in the neck and shoulder.
According to the information, On August 18, 2003, at approximately 1:35 a.m., at a residence located within the city of Detroit, Mr. Moorehead was asleep when he was awakened by Officer Moorehead throwing water on him. After which, Officer Moorehead discharged her department issued firearm at him in the neck and in the shoulder. After observing that Mr. Moorehead had been wounded, Officer Moorehead went to her neighbor’s home to seek assistance. Mr. Moorehead was subsequently conveyed to Sinai Grace Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
On August 19, 2003, felony warrant #36-64278 was issued charging Officer Moorehead with “Assault With Intent to Commit Murder and Felony Firearm.
”Based on the above circumstances, it is recommended that Officer Moorehead be charged with, but not limited to, the following violation of the Detroit Police Department Rules and Regulations:
CHARGE:CONDUCT, UNPROFESSIONAL/CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER; CONTRARY TO THELAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS, THISBEING IN VIOLATION OF DETROIT POLICE MANUAL SERIES 100. CHAPTER 102, DIRECTIVE 3, PARAGRAPH 5, SUB-PARAGRAPH 7 (102.3-5.7).
Unless contravened by this Commission, the above suspension without pay will stand.
Comm. Blackwell asked basically what happens is that they do an investigation. He asked if this is not just that one person telling their side of the story, clearly they do an investigation - correct, to reach this conclusion?
Comm. Norris stated again in felony cases, the Prosecutor has done that. The Prosecutor has charged the person. They have done whatever they would do to charge the person, and based on that felony charge; the Department takes action. It is her understanding, and AC Shoulders can correct me if I am wrong: In all of these criminal cases, the Department then conducts its own investigation which isn’t just looking at criminal activity, its looking at policies and anything else. But, they do not necessarily wait for that in a felony case.
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Comm. Blackwell stated that we just react to the fact that they have charged by the Prosecutor and based on that information, even though it is a charge, at that point, based on the rules, they could not work anyway?
Comm. Norris answered right.
Comm. Blackwell asked so they have been charged with a felony?
Comm. Norris answered right.
Comm. Blackwell answered okay...
......Respectfully Submitted, DANTE’ L. GOSS Executive Director Board of Police Commissioners