August 11, 2004: Officer Maliak Jones, Detroit Michigan
On August 11, 2004, Detroit Police Officer Maliak Jones [while off duty] pulled her service weapon during a domestic altercation with her friend's ex-husband.Officer Jones was charged with felonious assault.
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Regular Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, August 19, 2004
The regular meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was held on
Thursday, August 19, 2004, at 3:00 p.m., at Police Headquarters, 1300 Beaubien – Rm. 328-A, Detroit, Michigan 48226
4. SECRETARY’S REPORT – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GOSS
On August 19, 2004, Police Officer Maliak Jones, badge 3706, assigned to the Thirteenth Precinct, was suspended without pay by Chief Ella M. Bully-Cummings.
On August 11, 2004, the Professional Accountability Bureau, Internal Affairs Section was notified of an allegation of misconduct on the part of Officer Maliak Jones. More specifically, the allegation concerned unjustified and/or excessive use of force against a citizen.
As a result, the Internal Affairs Section initiated an investigation, which revealed the following:
On August 11, 2004, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Officer Jones was off duty when she and her friend arrived at a residence, located on Buena Vista, within the city of Detroit.
At that time, Officer Jones' friend became involved in a verbal altercation with her former husband (hereinafter the victim). As the verbal confrontation escalated, Officer Jones stepped in, grabbed the victim by the chest and stated words to the effect, "Bitch, I will fuck you up."
As Officer Jones and the victim continued to struggle, Officer Jones pulled her Detroit Police Department issued firearm (hereinafter DPD firearm),pointed her DPD firearm at the victim and stated, "Bitch, I'll shoot you."
Eventually, upon prompting from her friend, Officer Jones put her weapon away. The victim then grabbed Officer Jones' car key, ran into the house, locked the door, and called the police.
There were several independent witnesses to the incident who were able to confirm the events as described herein.
On August 12, 2004, a warrant request was presented to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for “Felonious Assault,” contrary to MCL 750.82, the result of which is pending. Felonious Assault is a felony punishable by four (4) years in prison and/or a fine of $2,000.00.
Based on the above circumstances, it is recommended that Officer Jones be charged with, but not limited to the following violation of the Detroit Police Department Rules and Regulations:
CHARGE: CONDUCT UNPROFESSIONAL; CONTRARY TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS, THIS BEING IN VIOLATION OF THE DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT MANUAL, SERIES 100, DIRECTIVE 102.3-5.7, CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER, COMMAND 3.
Unless contravened by this Commission, the above suspension without pay will stand.
Exec. Dir. Goss stated oral arguments will waived for two weeks.
There were no contravention’s to the above suspension without pay.