Thursday, January 29, 2004

Officer Curtis Sanford - Suspended - Detroit PD



Also See:

Officer Curtis Sanford charged with felonious assault





BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Regular Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, January 29, 2004
The regular meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was held on
Thursday, January 29, 2004, at 3:00 p.m., at Police Headquarters, 1300 Beaubien, Rm. 328-A, Detroit, MI 48226.

4. SECRETARY’S REPORT – EXEC. DIR. GOSS
On Thursday, January 29, 2004, Police Officer Curtis Sanford, badge 5073, assigned to the Police Athletic League was suspended without pay by Chief Ella M. Bully-Cummings.

On January 29, 2004, the Professional Accountability Bureau, Internal Affairs Section, was notified of an allegation of misconduct on the part of Police Officer Curtis Sanford, badge 5073, assigned to the Police Athletic League.

More specifically, the complaint alleged that that Officer Sanford did use unjustified physical force against his eighteen (18) year old daughter (hereinafter complainant). As a result, an Internal Affairs investigation was initiated.

The investigation revealed the following:
That on January 26, 2004, Officer Sanford struck the complainant twenty-five (25) to thirty (30) times on the buttocks area with a belt as a means of reprimanding her for continuing a relationship with a young man that he disapproved. The complainant sustained injuries to the buttocks area, which makes it difficult for her to sit down, use the bathroom, and/or wear pants.

On January 28, 2004, the complainant was attending class at Wayne State University located in the city of Detroit, when Officer Sanford appeared in the classroom causing a disruption. The professor contacted Wayne State Police wherein the complainant advised the police that she was afraid of her father.

Thereupon, Officer Sanford was taken into custody and remains in the Thirteenth Precinct holding facility pending arraignment.

On January 29, 2004, felony warrant #04-56059 was issued against Officer Sanford charging him with Felonious Assault contrary to MCL 750.82. Felonious Assault is punishable as a felony with four years in prison and/or a fine of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00). Officer Sanford is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Thirty-Sixth District Court on today's date in the late afternoon.

Based on the above circumstances, it is recommended that Officer Sanford be charged with, but not limited to, the following violation of the Detroit Police Department Rules and Regulations:
Minutes of the Regular BPC Meeting
Tuesday, January 29, 2004
Page 9
CHARGE: CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER; CONTRARY TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS, THIS BEING IN VIOLATION OF DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS SECTION 102.3-5.7, (3).Unless contravened by this Commission, the above suspension without pay will stand.There were no contraventions to the above suspension.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Officer Curtis Sanford - Detroit PD







On January 26, 2004,  Detroit Police Officer Curtis Sanford beat his daughter with his belt. Officer Sanford struck his daughter between 25 - 30 times with the belt.








Officer Curtis Sanford was arrested and charged with felonious assault.





BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Regular Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, January 29, 2004
The regular meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was held on
Thursday, January 29, 2004, at 3:00 p.m., at Police Headquarters, 1300 Beaubien, Rm. 328-A, Detroit, MI 48226.

4. SECRETARY’S REPORT – EXEC. DIR. GOSSOn Thursday, January 29, 2004, Police Officer Curtis Sanford, badge
5073, assigned to the Police Athletic League was suspended without pay by
Chief Ella M. Bully-Cummings.

On January 29, 2004, the Professional Accountability Bureau, Internal Affairs Section, was notified of an allegation of misconduct on the part of Police Officer Curtis Sanford, badge 5073, assigned to the Police Athletic League.

More specifically, the complaint alleged that that Officer Sanford did use unjustified physical force against his eighteen (18) year old daughter (hereinafter complainant). As a result, an Internal Affairs investigation was initiated.

The investigation revealed the following:
That on January 26, 2004, Officer Sanford struck the complainant twenty-five (25) to thirty (30) times on the buttocks area with a belt as a means of reprimanding her for continuing a relationship with a young man that he disapproved. The complainant sustained injuries to the buttocks area, which makes it difficult for her to sit down, use the bathroom, and/or wear pants.

On January 28, 2004, the complainant was attending class at Wayne State University located in the city of Detroit, when Officer Sanford appeared in the classroom causing a disruption. The professor contacted Wayne State Police wherein the complainant advised the police that she was afraid of her father.

Thereupon, Officer Sanford was taken into custody and remains in the Thirteenth Precinct holding facility pending arraignment.

On January 29, 2004, felony warrant #04-56059 was issued against Officer Sanford charging him with Felonious Assault contrary to MCL 750.82. Felonious Assault is punishable as a felony with four years in prison and/or a fine of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00). Officer Sanford is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Thirty-Sixth District Court on today's date in the late afternoon.

Based on the above circumstances, it is recommended that Officer Sanford be charged with, but not limited to, the following violation of the Detroit Police Department Rules and Regulations:
Minutes of the Regular BPC Meeting
Tuesday, January 29, 2004
Page 9
CHARGE: CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER; CONTRARY TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS, THIS BEING IN VIOLATION OF DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS SECTION 102.3-5.7, (3).Unless contravened by this Commission, the above suspension without pay will stand.There were no contraventions to the above suspension.


[MI POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED PERPETRATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW ENFORCEMENT MURDER SUICIDE]

Friday, January 16, 2004

Officer David Fazekas - Charges dismissed - Utica PD



Domestic violence charges dropped against officer
Police command reviewing case internally
The Source
Friday, January 16, 2004
http://www.sourcenewspapers.com/articles/2004/01/16/news/news7.txt

Domestic violence charges filed against a Utica police officer have been dismissed and are not likely to be reinstated.

The charges against David Fazekas were dropped recently after the complainant in the case did not show up in court.

The case had been dismissed without prejudice in November, meaning that charges could be reinstated and court proceedings could continue.

The charges were reauthorized and a new date set. That date was changed but when the new January court date came around, a key participant in the trial again did not show up in court. So ends the criminal end of the case.

Fazekas, however, is not out of the woods as he still faces a review of his employment by the department.

"The matter is now being handled through an internal review to determine if there were any violations of departmental policies and procedures," said Utica Police Chief Michael Reaves. "Any further action will be handled internally."

The chief could not comment further on the matter because of contractual obligations and personnel directives and protocols.

Contract language indicates that if Fazekas is determined to have violated policy and procedures, he could face punishment ranging from an oral reprimand to termination of his employment.

After an off-duty altercation with his wife March 17, Fazekas was arrested by the Macomb County Sheriff's Department earlier this year. A warrant was authorized May 8.

Fazekas faced one charge of domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor, and later, one count of malicious use of a communications device for a harassing phone call in June.

Police reports indicate that the couple had a verbal altercation that escalated with Fazekas allegedly pushing his wife "a couple of times."

State law requires that an individual convicted of domestic violence be denied privileges to carry or own a gun, making it difficult if not impossible for a convicted police officer to hold his or her job in law enforcement.

Generally, such cases end in the termination of employment for the officer involved.

Since the incident, Fazekas has been on unpaid leave pending the resolution of his case.

Fazekas joined the force in 1998 and, working the night shift, has been a key member of the department in road enforcement. He was named Utica's Police Officer of the Year in 2002 and has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts in removing drunken drivers from area roadways. --Jon Ottman


Thursday, January 15, 2004

Deputy Kevin Chittick - Lapeer SD



Conviction upheld

PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 4, 2007
The County Press
by SUSAN YOUNGER
http://www.countypress.com/stories/040407/loc_20070404003.shtml

Convicted former Lapeer County Sheriff's deputy Kevin Chittick will likely serve out his sentence of seven to 15 years behind bars for having sex with underage girls.

Last Thursday, Michigan Court of Appeals Judge David H. Sawyer, Judge E. Thomas Fitzgerald and Judge Pat M. Donofrio unanimously denied Chittick's request for a new trial, said Lapeer County assistant prosecutor Geoffrey Stuart.

In May 2005, Chittick, 38, was found guilty of 19 counts of criminal sexual conduct. The Grand Blanc man was convicted of 14 counts of third-degree CSC. Chittick also was convicted of five counts of fourth-degree CSC and willful neglect of duty for spending time at the girls' homes while on duty.

The charges stemmed from sexual assaults in Lapeer, Genesee and Oscoda counties from the end of 2001 through 2002. Both girls were between the ages of 13-15 at the time. The allegations came to light in January 2004, when one of the girls told her aunt.

Chittick, through his appeals attorney Mark Sawtawa, claimed he hadn't received a fair trial because Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh reviewed computer materials that involved attorney-client matters.

"His computer was seized by the Michigan State Police after it was revealed Chittick had an affinity towards child pornography," said Stuart. "Pornography is a standard grooming technique used to make children think their having sex is normal. There were conversations between Chittick and his attorney on the computer. However, there was no information used at trial that was gained from the seizure."

Through his attorney, Chittick also argued he was denied a fair trial because of hearsay testimony made by his wife during cross examination. His wife said her sister was made uncomfortable by Chittick when he made fun of her underwear and put his hand on her belly.

When Chittick was hired — he began in 1998 and later resigned in May 2003 — there was no way to foresee these actions, said Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin previously. Chittick had passed a very stringent written test and was working on his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to coming on with the LCSD, he had been a paramedic in the Navy with dive experience and received a "glowing recommendation" from his shift supervisor at the Portsmouth, Va., Police Department.

It's likely Chittick will spend at least five more years behind bars before he is eligible for parole unless an appeal request is granted by the Michigan Supreme Court.

"But that's not likely," said Stuart.









Court Denies Deputy A New Trial for molestation charges
March 31, 2007
The Flint Journal
http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news

Police officers, Kalanquin said, must maintain strong personal and professional ethical values. There are 83 people working for the sheriff's department and, Kalanquin said, they are doing an excellent job. The single incident involving Chittick, Kalanquin said, is disappointing, but it doesn't cast a huge shadow on the department.

"The other employees are doing a marvelous job," Kalanquin said. "I think people understand that sometimes these things happen, despite our best efforts."












Court Denies Deputy A New Trial for molestation charges
March 31, 2007
The Flint Journal
http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1175343736113500.xml&coll=5

LAPEER , MICHIGAN - A former Lapeer County sheriff’s deputy won’t get a new trial on his 2005 sexual assault conviction, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.

Kevin Chittick, 40, of Grand Blanc Township was sentenced in July 2005 to 7 years 11 months to 15 years in prison by Lapeer Circuit Judge Nick O. Holowka.

Chittick in his appeal claimed errors by his attorney, the prosecutor and judge necessitated a new trial.

In its March 20 ruling, the appeals court said if there were any errors, they did not prejudice the outcome of the trial.

Chittick is serving his sentence at the Muskegon Correctional Facility.

The former deputy was found guilty by a jury of 14 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, five counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of neglect of duty.

The charges stemmed from relationships Chittick developed with two underage girls.

Chittick met one girl while he was investigating a missing teen in 2001 and began developing a sexual relationship with her while the girl was 13 and 14 in 2001 and 2002.

Another girl, a friend of the first victim, testified that Chittick sexually assaulted her in her backyard pool.

Chittick, who was married, accompanied the girls to a summer horse camp in Oscoda County, where additional sexual assaults occurred.

The first victim’s parents testified they didn’t initially discourage the friendship because Chittick was a deputy, but they later banned her from seeing him after they became suspicious.

Despite knowing the parents’ wishes, a North Branch middle school teacher allowed Chittick to meet with the girl at the teacher’s home, where another sexual assault occurred.

The teacher received a suspension from the district.










Prison bound
Ex-deputy gets seven to 15 years
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, July 13, 2005
The County Press
by KIMBERLY DUTKIEWICZ
http://countypress.com/stories/071305/loc_20050713006.shtml

LAPEER—Former Lapeer County sheriff's deputy Kevin Chittick will spend seven to 15 years in prison for having sex with two under-age girls while he was with the department.

In May, Chit-tick, 38, was found guilty of 19 counts of criminal sexual conduct. The Grand Blanc man was convicted of 14 counts of third-degree CSC. He faced eight counts of first-degree CSC and six counts of third-degree CSC.

Jurors found him not guilty on the eight counts of first-degree CSC, instead convicting him on the lesser offense of third-degree CSC. Had Chittick been convicted of first-degree CSC, he would have faced up to life in prison. Chittick also was convicted of five counts of fourth-degree CSC and willful neglect of duty for spending time at the girls' homes while on duty.

According to Prosecutor Byron Konschuh, Circuit Judge Nick Holowka sentenced Chittick to 7 years and 11 months up to 15 years on each of the 14 counts of third-degree CSC. He also gave Chittick 16 months to 2 years on each of the five counts of fourth-degree CSC and 270 days on the willful neglect of duty charge. The sentences run concurrently.

Konschuh said Chittick will be processed through Jackson State Prison. It's not known at this time where he will be placed afterwards. Chittick will do seven years and 11 months before being considered for parole, Konschuh said.

"He has given the law enforcement community a huge black eye," Konschuh said. "I hope citizens understand he is by far the exception, not the rule. I certainly hope citizens trust their police officers because they've earned it, despite the fact that Kevin Chittick has attempted to destroy law enforcement's reputation."

Chittick's attorney, Michael Manley of Flint, said, "We are obviously disappointed by the jury verdict and we will pursue all appeal options."

Before sentencing, one of the victims, Konschuh said, described how she had been hurt by Chittick's lies, his deceit. She feels betrayed. Based on her own testimony during trial, Konschuh said, the girl, now 16, was in a consensual relationship with Chittick. Now, Konschuh said, she realizes why it's illegal for someone under age 16 to have sex—they're not emotionally and socially prepared for such a relationship.

The charges stemmed from sexual assaults in Lapeer, Genesee and Oscoda counties from the end of 2001 through 2002. Both girls were between the ages of 13-15 at the time. The allegations came to light in January 2004, when one of the girls told her aunt.

The 16-year-old girl accused Chittick of sexually assaulting her in his home, during a horse trip to Oscoda County and a vacation to Florida—Chittick and his wife and the girl's family went—in the barn, pasture and pool at the other girl's home, and at a teacher's house. The girl testified Chittick sexually assaulted her in the back of a van as her father drove to Florida. She also said Chittick tried to assault her in the water during an outing to the ocean.

The other girl accused Chittick of grabbing her breasts while the two rode a horse together. She also testified Chittick removed her bathing suit and brushed his hand across her privates while she, the other girl and Chittick swam in her pool.

"Justice has been served," Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin said. "A jury of his peers convicted him."

When Chittick was hired—he began in 1998, resigning from the department in May 2003—there was no way to foresee that these actions would have occurred, Kalanquin said.

Chittick had passed a very stringent written test, he was working on his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan in Flint, he had been a paramedic in the Navy, had dive experience, and, Kalanquin said, he had a "glowing recommendation" from his shift supervisor at the Portsmouth, Va., police department. He also had worked with a federal drug task, which highly recommended him

Chittick passed his oral interview before two Lapeer County sheriff's department sergeants and a lieutenant, Kalanquin said. A background investigation also was done. Detective Sgt. Nancy Stimson had concerns, Kalanquin said, that Chittick might not fit in, that he might not be able to accept how things were done at the department. Still, Kalanquin hired Chittick.

"Looking back, I wouldn't have done it," Kalanquin said. "But at the time, there was no indication in the work that he did that he was drawn toward pedophilia. ... We had absolutely no documentation about this child business."

Kalanquin watched Chittick carefully during his 12-month probationary period, during which time people in the community were pleased with Chittick's performance.

The allegations, Kalanquin said, didn't come out until about seven or eight months after Chittick left the sheriff's department.

Police officers, Kalanquin said, must maintain strong personal and professional ethical values. There are 83 people working for the sheriff's department and, Kalanquin said, they are doing an excellent job. The single incident involving Chittick, Kalanquin said, is disappointing, but it doesn't cast a huge shadow on the department.

"The other employees are doing a marvelous job," Kalanquin said. "I think people understand that sometimes these things happen, despite our best efforts."












Chittick sex trial continues today
PUBLISHED: Thursday, May 5, 2005
The County Press
by KIMBERLY DUTKIEWICZ
http://countypress.com/stories/050505/loc_20050505003.shtml

LAPEER—Opening statements were Tuesday in the case against Kevin Chittick, a former Lapeer County sheriff's deputy facing 19 counts of criminal sexual conduct for alleged assaults against two underage girls.

Prosecutor Byron Konschuh expected to call both girls to the witness stand—as well as the parents of one of the girls—today (Wednesday).

Konschuh and Chittick's attorney, Michael Manley of Flint, wrapped up opening statements around 4:30 p.m. Circuit Judge Nick Holowka then sent the jury of eight women and six men home for the night.

The Grand Blanc man faces 14 counts of first-degree CSC and three counts of second-degree CSC involving one of the girls. Chittick also faces two counts of second-degree CSC involving another teen—she and the other alleged victim are friends. Chittick also was charged with willful neglect of duty, based on allegations he would spend several hours, while on duty, at the girls' homes.

The charges stem from alleged sexual assaults in Lapeer, Genesee and Oscoda counties from the end of 2001 through 2002. Both girls were between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time. Konschuh said the alleged assaults occurred when Chittick, 37, was off-duty. The allegations came to light in January 2004, when one of the girls told her aunt. The matter then was brought to the attention of state police.

In their opening statements, each lawyer painted a picture of friendship. Both said Chittick initially befriended the family of one of the victims. Chittick would be spend so much time there, visiting the family while on duty, Konschuh said, that people confronted him, asking if he shouldn't be out issuing tickets.

Chittick, Konschuh said, began complimenting the girl's appearance and buying her gifts. Trust built between the girl's family and Chittick and his wife, so the girl and her siblings would stay with the Chitticks when their parents were away. They even vacationed together. This led, Konschuh said, to the assaults. The girl, Konschuh said, fought them at first, but eventually went along with it because it hurt less. She grew to have feelings for him, Konschuh said, and thought they were in a relationship.

When the girl's parents put a stop to Chittick coming to their Deerfield Township home, Konschuh said, Chittick began going to the other girl's house, where they have horses and a swimming pool. That led to assaults against both girls, while they were all on a camping trip in Oscoda County.

Manley said the first girl's mother took a liking to Chittick, inviting him to a pig roast and asking him to talk to her daughter, who was having problems. The girl's parents were having marital issues, said Manley, and the girl's mother, begged, encouraged and did everything she could to get Chittick involved in her life and her children's lives. It was and opportunity for Chittick and his wife—who were new to the area—to become friends with the girl's family.

The Chitticks opened their home to the kids, said Manley, so the girl and her siblings saw Chittick as a father figure, adding there was nothing improper going on.

Manley questioned how the assaults could have happened at Chittick's home when the girl's siblings and Chittick's wife were there, or in the tent, when the other girl also was there. The girl claims she clawed and scratched at Chittick, Manley said, yet nobody heard anything, and she never told Chittick's wife or her own parents. Manley also said no DNA evidence of blood or semen was found any of the places the girl said there were assaults.












Chittick sex trial continues today
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 4, 2005
The County Press
by KIMBERLY DUTKIEWICZ
http://countypress.com/stories/05042005/index.shtml

LAPEER. Opening statements were Tuesday in the case against Kevin Chittick, a former Lapeer County sheriff’s deputy facing 19 counts of criminal sexual conduct for alleged assaults against two underage girls.

Prosecutor Byron Konschuh expected to call both girls to the witness stand, as well as the parents of one of the girls today (Wednesday).

Konschuh and Chittick’s attorney, Michael Manley of Flint, wrapped up opening statements around 4:30 p.m. Circuit Judge Nick Holowka then sent the jury of eight women and six men home for the night.

The Grand Blanc man faces 14 counts of first-degree CSC and three counts of second-degree CSC involving one of the girls. Chittick also faces two counts of second-degree CSC involving another teen, she and the other alleged victim are friends. Chittick also was charged with willful neglect of duty, based on allegations he would spend several hours, while on duty, at the girls’ homes.

The charges stem from alleged sexual assaults in Lapeer, Genesee and Oscoda counties from the end of 2001 through 2002. Both girls were between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time. Konschuh said the alleged assaults occurred when Chittick, 37, was off-duty. The allegations came to light in January 2004, when one of the girls told her aunt. The matter then was brought to the attention of state police.

In their opening statements, each lawyer painted a picture of friendship. Both said Chittick initially befriended the family of one of the victims. Chittick would be spend so much time there, visiting the family while on duty, Konschuh said, that people confronted him, asking if he shouldn’t be out issuing tickets.

Chittick, Konschuh said, began complimenting the girl’s appearance and buying her gifts. Trust built between the girl’s family and Chittick and his wife, so the girl and her siblings would stay with the Chitticks when their parents were away. They even vacationed together. This led, Konschuh said, to the assaults. The girl, Konschuh said, fought them at first, but eventually went along with it because it hurt less. She grew to have feelings for him, Konschuh said, and thought they were in a relationship.

When the girl’s parents put a stop to Chittick coming to their Deerfield Township home, Konschuh said, Chittick began going to the other girl’s house, where they have horses and a swimming pool. That led to assaults against both girls, while they were all on a camping trip in Oscoda County.

Manley said the first girl’s mother took a liking to Chittick, inviting him to a pig roast and asking him to talk to her daughter, who was having problems. The girl’s parents were having marital issues, said Manley, and the girl’s mother, begged, encouraged and did everything she could to get Chittick involved in her life and her children’s lives. It was and opportunity for Chittick and his wife who were new to the area to become friends with the girl’s family.

The Chitticks opened their home to the kids, said Manley, so the girl and her siblings saw Chittick as a father figure, adding there was nothing improper going on.

Manley questioned how the assaults could have happened at Chittick’s home when the girl’s siblings and Chittick’s wife were there, or in the tent, when the other girl also was there. The girl claims she clawed and scratched at Chittick, Manley said, yet nobody heard anything, and she never told Chittick’s wife or her own parents. Manley also said no DNA evidence of blood or semen was found any of the places the girl said there were assaults.

Manley said the girl is a “manipulative teenager,” who was upset because Chittick didn’t want anything to do with her family anymore. Chittick, Manley said, was just burned very badly by a family with a lot of problems.

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Officer Ronald Dupuis - Hamtramck PD - Wrongfully arrested and imprisoned a man - 01/01/2004





Hamtramck police officer Dupuis was sued by a man who alleged Dupuis wrongfully arrested him and had him jailed for no reason. The man was released without being charged. His lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

In 2015, a lawsuit was filed by two women, who also claimed that they had been falsely arrested and imprisoned by Officer Ronald Dupuis.








Michigan cop with troubling history accused of imprisoning two women for days with no charges
byWalter Einenkel
FRI APR 24, 2015 AT 11:50 AM PDT
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/24/1380049/-Michigan-cop-with-troubling-history-accused-of-imprisoning-two-women-for-days-with-no-charges#


Highland Park Officer Ronald Dupuis is in trouble—again. This time it is a lawsuit from 2 women claiming he detained them for 4 days without charging them. The 2 women, Rhianna Turner and Kera Hill are domestic partners, they are represented by attorney Robert Morris:

Morris says in September of 2013 – Turner was working as a uniformed Detroit Parking Enforcement Officer.  While she was stopped in front of the old Detroit police headquarters at 1300 Beaubien, Hill showed up.  They were playfully wrestling over a set of keys when a nearby by Sheriff’s deputy feared that Hill was assaulting Turner.

Officer Dupuis came in to see what was the problem. Well, that sounds reasonable.

Despite the couple’s explanations that were was no assault – Morris says Dupuis arrested them.

“The fact that he actually took them to Highland Park, which has no jurisdiction with anything that could have occurred in Detroit, and he was able to convince his supervisors, who were already skeptical and didn’t understand why my clients were locked up – he was actually able to override their authority and keep my clients for four days,” Morris says.

They were never charged with a crime – but Morris says getting locked up cost Turner her job with the city.

That's not good. But, it's a he said she said situation here, right? Here's a video that was posted by Emma Craig on her Facebook page back in January. It shows Officer Dupuis beating a handcuffed suspect, facedown in the snow.

The suspect in that video may very well be a pretty crap human being but it isn't up to police officers to deal out punishment. Here is a report from when Officer Dupuis accidentally shot himself.

And here is Ronald Dupuis's history as a law enforcement officer, care of Detroit Free Press:

■ In 2012, a woman sued Dupuis, alleging he refused to let her use the restroom while she was in a jail cell — thus forcing her to urinate in her cell — and later "began to choke her" and began to call her vulgar names. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2013 because the plaintiff did not provide sufficient documents to the defense.

■ In 2004, while working as a Hamtramck police officer, Dupuis was sued by a man who alleged Dupuis wrongfully arrested him and had him jailed for no reason. The man was released without being charged. His lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

■ In 2006, Dupuis sued the city of Hamtramck after a female officer accused him of assaulting her with a Taser. He was fired as a result of the accusation, but was later acquitted on the assault charge. He ended up suing the city over his firing and its handling of the assault accusation. The case was settled.

■ In 2008, Dupuis sued the city of Hamtramck a second time over the Taser complaint, alleging the city had a duty to defend him in that lawsuit. That case was dismissed.

■ In 2012, Dupuis filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the city of Highland Park, alleging he was treated unfairly compared to his African American counterparts and that he was unfairly demoted in the police department. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2013.

Oh yeah, he resigned from the Southgate Police department back in the 2000s. It was in that same department he was reprimanded, in 1998, for allegedly assaulting a mentally disabled man...and stalking a woman, repeatedly pulling her over.

Innocent until proven guilty. But the police employment system that keeps him employed seems very guilty.


















VIDEO: What Does It Take To Fire A Bad Cop? Just Ask Ronald Dupuis
By MintPress News Desk
Minneapolis, MN
April 17, 2015
http://www.mintpressnews.com/what-does-take-to-fire-a-bad-cop-just-ask-ronald-dupuis/204481/

Ronald Dupuis, a police officer from Highland Park, Michigan, has a record of questionable -- and even outright bad -- behavior dating back to the 1980s. These decades of missteps don’t seem to be hampering his career, though.

With almost daily reports of brutality and fatal shootings of unarmed black people by police, activists in America are asking why officers so rarely face lasting consequences for their actions.

With almost daily reports of brutality and fatal shootings of unarmed black people by police, activists in America are asking why officers so rarely face lasting consequences for their actions.

When Darren Wilson left his post with the Ferguson Police Department, crowdfunding efforts raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the man who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Investigations into Wilson’s past revealed that he’d first been employed by a Missouri police force that was disbanded for corruption.

A similar pattern emerged in the recent slaying of Walter Scott. Writing for Counter Current News, Jackson Mariana reported that Scott’s killer, North Charleston Police Officer Michael Thomas Slager, had a history of violent incidents:

“Back in 2013, Mario Givens, an African American North Charleston man, had been ‘roughed up’ when Slager came to his door, demanding to be let in ‘as part of an investigation.’”

North Charleston Police have faced 46 federal lawsuits since 2000.

But few cops can match the checkered past of Sgt. Ronald Dupuis, the officer from Highland Park, Michigan, who remains employed despite a string of incidents that have followed him through multiple departments. Highland Park is the seventh police force to employ Dupuis.

A new lawsuit alleges that Dupuis held two women in jail without charges for four days. Shockingly, the incident didn’t even begin in Highland Park, where Dupuis is employed as a cop and where he allegedly imprisoned the two women, “Rhianna Turner and her domestic partner Kera Hill.” Instead, Dupuis is accused of intervening in an incident in Detroit.

In September 2013, a sheriff’s deputy witnessed the pair “playfully wrestling over a set of keys,” and intervened because he feared an assault had occurred. Although both women denied a crime had occurred, Dupuis arrived on the scene, arrested the two women, and took them to jail in nearby Highland Park. Though no charges were filed, Turner lost her job as a Detroit Parking Enforcement Officer.

Just this past January, Dupuis made headlines when he was videotaped beating a man suspected of carjacking.

“The video of the arrest, which was recorded by Detroit resident Emma Craig on Monday on the city’s northwest side and posted on Facebook, shows Dupuis striking the suspect several times while apparently trying to handcuff him and administering a final blow after Jackson’s hands were secured behind his back,” reported George Hunter in The Detroit News.

In 2012, Dupuis was hospitalized for shooting himself in the leg with his own gun, which discharged accidentally outside a cell block. Another incident involved him choking a woman he had in custody.

He was previously fired from the Hamtramck, Michigan, Police Department for using a taser on his own partner. Although a jury declined to convict him for it, courts refused to force the city to reinstate Dupuis, which is how he ended up employed by Highland Park.

ReneƩ Harrington, creator of the Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence Project, compiled a lengthy timeline of Dupuis-related incidents dating back to 1997. According to the timeline, the Southgate, Michigan, Police Department fired him in 1999 for stalking a woman and repeatedly pulling her over.

Because there is a lack of national data on police violence in general, it is difficult to determine how often police face consequences for their crimes. But in 2013, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey estimated that 90 percent of officers fired from the Philadelphia Police Department force were later rehired through arbitration with police unions — even those accused of crimes including shoplifting and sexual assault.

















Two women allege Highland Park Sergeant locked them up for days for no reason
Ross Jones, Heather Catallo
6:28 PM, Apr 16, 2015
6:50 PM, Apr 16, 2015
WXYZ News - Detroit
http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/two-women-allege-highland-park-sgt-locked-them-up-for-4-days-with-no-reason







HIGHLAND PARK (WXYZ) - Two women are accusing a Highland Park Police Sergeant of detaining them for four days for no reason, according to a lawsuit.

"He’s ruined my life, ever since that day," Rhianna Turner said.

The day in question was September 19, 2013. Turner was a parking enforcement officer for the City of Detroit.  Around lunchtime, she says, she and her domestic partner Kera Hill met up outside police headquarters.

"We were going to meet just right before her doctor’s appointment in front of (police headquarters), and we did.  We had a little horseplay going on, like we always do, and just out of the blue a deputy comes up from behind and throws Kera into the car."

The deputy was from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and feared that Hill was assaulting Turner.  A few minutes later, he was joined by Highland Park Sgt. Ronald Dupuis, who began to handcuff Kera Hill.

"I’m saying, 'Why are you guys doing this? What’s going on?' And he hollered back, 'You two were fighting.  You two were fighting,' " Turner recalled. "And again I’m confused. We wasn’t fighting.  We wasn’t fighting."

Eventually, both women were handcuffed and taken to jail in Highland Park. Turner and her partner were placed in separate cells.

"We were there for four days. No one could tell us why, on what charges, when were we going to get out of here,  when were we going to talk to somebody. Nothing," Turner said.

"The police officer who was there during the shift change said, 'Something’s not right, I don’t know why you guys are here, we don’t have any charges to tell you why you’re here.'"

Under Michigan law, no one can be held jailed for more than three days without being arraigned on charges. Turner and Hill say they were held for four days and never were charged. Turner says she lost her job in the city's parking enforcement unit because of her arrest.

Attorney Robert Morris represents Turner and her partner.

"Everybody acknowledges that this shouldn’t happen, but nobody stopped it," Morris said.

Dupuis is no stranger to controversy. As 7 Investigator Heather Catallo has reported, he is currently under investigation for how he arrested a car jacking suspect earlier this year.

He has made the news for shooting himself in the leg and for using a taser on his police partner in Hamtramck. He was ultimately found not guilty by a jury. Dupuis is no stranger to lawsuits either. He has been sued and filed his own share of cases in federal court.

"He has more of a bully personality, said Morris. "He seems to take whatever path is comfortable to him and his temper at that moment."


Attempts to reach Dupuis by phone today were unsuccessful.  Highland Park's city attorney said the city has not been served with the complaint and has no comment.

















Michigan police officer with history of abuse arrests two women, holds them in jail four days without charges
Tom Boggioni
Raw Story
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:37 UTCMap
http://www.sott.net/article/295336-Michigan-police-officer-with-history-of-abuse-arrests-two-women-holds-them-in-jail-four-days-without-charges



A Michigan police officer with a string of lawsuits and accusations filed against him over the years - including Tasering his partner and assaulting a disabled man — has now been accused of arresting two women and holding them in jail without ever filing any charges. 

Highland Park police officer Ronald Dupuis — already under investigation for beating a suspected car hijackerhas been accused by two women of arresting them and holding them in jail for four days without every charging them with a crime, according to WXYZ. 

According to Robert Morris, attorney for Rhianna Turner and her domestic partner Kera Hill, Dupuis arrested the two women when they were playfully wrestling over a set of keys in front of the old Detroit police headquarters in 2013. Despite the women's insistence that they were not assaulting each other, Dupuis took them into custody before driving them to the Highland Park station where they were held in a cell for four days before being released without charges ever being filed. 

"The fact that he actually took them to Highland Park, which has no jurisdiction with anything that could have occurred in Detroit, and he was able to convince his supervisors, who were already skeptical and didn't understand why my clients were locked up - he was actually able to override their authority and keep my clients for four days," Morris explained. 

According to the attorney, Turner lost her job with the city as a Detroit Parking Enforcement Officer because of her jail stay. 

Dupuis, already under investigation for the beating of the alleged car hijacker earlier this year, has been in the spotlight for the past decade, having worked for seven different police departments, leaving either under a cloud or in a flurry of lawsuits. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, since 2004 Dupuis has been accused of unlawfully locking up suspects, choking a woman in her jail cell, stalking a woman, and assault, — including using a Taser on his partner. 

In 2012, a woman sued Dupuis, alleging he refused to let her use the restroom while she was in a jail cell — thus forcing her to urinate in her cell — and later "began to choke her" and began to call her vulgar names. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2013 because the plaintiff did not provide sufficient documents to the defense. 

In 2004, while working as a Hamtramck police officer, Dupuis was sued by a man who alleged Dupuis wrongfully arrested him and had him jailed for no reason. The man was released without being charged. His lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount. 

In 2006, Dupuis sued the city of Hamtramck after a female officer accused him of assaulting her with a Taser. He was fired as a result of the accusation, but was later acquitted on the assault charge. He ended up suing the city over his firing and its handling of the assault accusation. The case was settled. 

In 2008, Dupuis sued the city of Hamtramck a second time over the Taser complaint, alleging the city had a duty to defend him in that lawsuit. That case was dismissed. 

In 2012, Dupuis filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the city of Highland Park, alleging he was treated unfairly compared to his African American counterparts and that he was unfairly demoted in the police department. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2013. 

Dupuis has also sued several of the various police departments that have employed him, claiming discrimination, failure to defend him against accusations from the public, and for terminating him. 

In 2012 , Dupuis accidentally shot himself in the leg while standing outside a jail cell at the Highland Park station. 

















Controversial Highland Park cop sued, accused of locking up two women for four days without charges
Heather Catallo
10:59 PM, Apr 15, 2015
11:30 PM, Apr 15, 2015
WXYZ News - Detroit
http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/controversial-highland-park-cop-sued-accused-of-locking-up-two-women-for-four-days-without-charges

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - He’s made headlines for using a taser on his partner – and he’s been caught on camera during an aggressive arrest. Now Highland Park police officer Ronald Dupuis is making headlines once again.

A new lawsuit has been filed against him – this time 2 women are accusing him of locking them up for 4 days without ever charging them with a crime.

Whether it’s an arrest caught on camera, shooting himself in the leg, or having to be rushed to the hospital after a police raid – Sgt. Ronald Dupuis just can’t stay out of the spotlight.

Now he’s accused of locking up Rhianna Turner and her domestic partner Kera Hill – without any evidence of a crime – for four days.

“My clients are completely terrified by any law enforcement,” says their attorney, Robert Morris.

Morris filed the lawsuit against Dupuis and the City of Highland Park. He says his clients’ constitutional rights were violated.

“Under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, you don’t arrest people without some type of probable cause,” Morris says. “He imprisoned them for 4 days with also no probable cause.”

Morris says in September of 2013 – Turner was working as a uniformed Detroit Parking Enforcement Officer.  While she was stopped in front of the old Detroit police headquarters at 1300 Beaubien, Hill showed up.  They were playfully wrestling over a set of keys when a nearby by Sheriff’s deputy feared that Hill was assaulting Turner.

That’s when Sgt. Dupuis pulled over to intervene.

Despite the couple’s explanations that were was no assault – Morris says Dupuis arrested them.

“The fact that he actually took them to Highland Park, which has no jurisdiction with anything that could have occurred in Detroit, and he was able to convince his supervisors, who were already skeptical and didn’t understand why my clients were locked up – he was actually able to override their authority and keep my clients for four days,” Morris says.

They were never charged with a crime – but Morris says getting locked up cost Turner her job with the city.

Dupuis is currently under investigation for how he arrested a carjacking suspect earlier this year.  And he’s no stranger to lawsuits. He’s been sued – and filed his share of cases in federal court as well.

He’s worked at seven different police departments and came to our attention when he used a taser on his police partner in Hamtramck back in 2005.  A jury did not convict him in that case, but Morris says there’s a definite pattern here.

“He really has a history of sort of a bully attitude,” he says. “Both with his fellow workers and the citizens he comes in contact with.”

I asked Morris why his clients waited a year and a half to sue. He says they were terrified of the police, and he was only recently able to convince them to come forward.

I did reach out to the Highland Park City Attorney. We are still waiting to hear back from them for comment on this lawsuit.

















Highland Park cop recovering from gunshot wound has long history of being in the spotlight
Heather Catallo
6:33 PM, Feb 10, 2015
http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/highland-park-cop-recovering-from-gunshot-wound-has-long-history-of-being-in-the-spotlight


Highland Park, MI - A Highland Park police officer is now out of the hospital, after he was shot in the leg. This isn’t the first time this particular officer has had a gunshot wound on the job, and it’s not the first time he’s made news.

As a swat team prepared to raid a home on Candler Street in Highland Park Monday night, they broke a front window to throw in a flash-bang device. That’s when a suspect inside the home fired out the window, hitting Sgt. Ronald Dupuis in the leg.

“A projectile came from the residence in which the search warrant was being executed and struck the officer,” said Highland Park City Attorney Todd Russell Perkins. Perkins said the police department is not releasing the officer’s name, but our sources confirm that it was Sgt. Dupuis who got shot Monday night.

Dupuis has a long history of making headlines.

He’s worked for 7 different local police departments, first coming to the attention of the 7 Investigators in 2005.  That’s when Dupuis was a Hamtramck police officer.  He was charged with assault for using his Taser on his partner in their patrol car. A jury found him not guilty, but he was fired from the department.

In 2012, Dupuis shot himself in the leg outside the Highland Park cell block. That was ruled an accident.

Just last month, Dupuis’s name surfaced again when he was seen in video of officers punching, kicking and handcuffing a carjacking suspect.

The Michigan State Police are about to present their findings in that investigation to the Wayne County Prosecutor.

Dupuis has also been the subject of several federal lawsuits, some with police misconduct allegations. He’s also sued both Hamtramck and Highland Park regarding employment issues. Most of the cases were settled or dismissed.

“He’s back with the department, and he likes being here, and we’ve liked having him here,” said Perkins.

“Why does his name keep coming up,” asked 7 Investigator Heather Catallo.

“I can’t speak to that, but I’ve continuously as a lawyer-- I do not draw the conclusions because his name is coming through the news media… to draw a conclusion as to some bad conduct, or to some impropriety,” said Perkins. He also points out Dupuis has never been convicted of a crime.

“So does he just have bad luck,” asked Catallo.

“Well, being a police [officer] -- is something that I wouldn’t find myself doing, and it’s a dangerous job,” said Perkins.

Two people have been arrested in connection with Monday’s shooting. The accused carjacker from the incident that was caught on camera has filed a lawsuit against Sergeant Dupuis and the City of Highland Park. 

The Michigan State Police were supposed to meet with prosecutors Tuesday about that case, but the shooting investigation delayed that meeting.

















Officer seen in video has troubled past
By Gina Damron and Tresa Baldas
Detroit Free Press
11:18 a.m. EST January 15, 2015
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/01/14/officer-arrest-video/21771801/

One of the police officers involved in an arrest caught on video has had a career embroiled in controversy, with accusations of using a Taser on a former partner and assaulting a mentally disabled man.

The video, which surfaced on Facebook and is now under investigation by the Michigan State Police, shows police punching, kicking and handcuffing a 51-year-old parole absconder, who is accused in the carjacking of a mother and her two children Monday. One police official has called the officers' actions on Detroit's west side "proper."

One of the officers in the video is Highland Park Sgt. Ron Dupuis, Highland Park city attorney Todd Perkins confirmed to the Free Press today.

According to U.S. District Court records, Dupuis — listed as Ronald Dupuis II — is no stranger to the courts, though he has never been convicted of any crimes.

Over the last decade, his tumultuous law enforcement career has triggered a half-dozen civil suits in U.S. District Court — half of them he filed himself over employment disputes; the others involve police brutality accusations.

An attorney who has previously represented Dupuis in civil lawsuits, could not be immediately reached for comment today.
His legal troubles include:
■ In 2012, a woman sued Dupuis, alleging he refused to let her use the restroom while she was in a jail cell — thus forcing her to urinate in her cell — and later "began to choke her" and began to call her vulgar names. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2013 because the plaintiff did not provide sufficient documents to the defense.

■ In 2004, while working as a Hamtramck police officer, Dupuis was sued by a man who alleged Dupuis wrongfully arrested him and had him jailed for no reason. The man was released without being charged. His lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

■ In 2006, Dupuis sued the city of Hamtramck after a female officer accused him of assaulting her with a Taser. He was fired as a result of the accusation, but was later acquitted on the assault charge. He ended up suing the city over his firing and its handling of the assault accusation. The case was settled.

■ In 2008, Dupuis sued the city of Hamtramck a second time over the Taser complaint, alleging the city had a duty to defend him in that lawsuit. That case was dismissed.

■ In 2012, Dupuis filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the city of Highland Park, alleging he was treated unfairly compared to his African American counterparts and that he was unfairly demoted in the police department. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2013.

Also, the Free Press reported in 2006 that, in 1998, Dupuis was reprimanded by the Southgate Police Department after being accused of assaulting a mentally disabled man. Also while in Southgate, Dupuis was accused of stalking a woman and repeatedly pulling her over. He resigned from the department after being told he would be fired.

On Monday, officers with ACTION, a stolen vehicle task force, arrested a man suspected in a carjacking that occurred earlier that day.

Police have not named the man, but the Michigan Department of Corrections identified him as Andrew Jackson, Jr., who, according to the state's online offender system, was sentenced to prison in 2004 on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, assault with intent to rob while armed and fleeting police. According to the corrections department he absconded from parole in April 2014.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said today it received a warrant request for a 51-year-old man, whose name was not provided, in connection with a carjacking that occurred on Evergreen on Monday. According to the office, the warrant is being reviewed and a charging decision has not yet been made.

Attorney Ben Gonek, who said he is representing Jackson, said his client has a "serious eye injury."

Gonek declined to discuss the carjacking accusations. Of the arrest, he said "it's pretty outrageous."

"There's no doubt in my mind that it was excessive force," said Gonek, who previously sued Dupuis, his partner and the city of Hamtramck on behalf of a man who said he was beaten during a traffic stop in 2002. The lawsuit was settled for $20,000.

The task force that made the arrest in Monday is made up of officers from Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, Highland Park and Harper Woods. Detroit police have said none of their officers were involved in the incident. Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said Tuesday that the officers involved were from Highland Park and Grosse Pointe Park.
On Tuesday, Chief David Hiller, with the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety, told the Free Press that the actions of the officers in the arrest were "proper."

Hiller declined to comment when reached today. Highland Park Police Chief Kevin Coney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Highland Park city attorney Todd Perkins said that, in addition to cooperating with the state police investigation, Highland Park is also looking at the arrest, which has drawn scrutiny since a citizen posted a video on Facebook.

In the video, one officer yells at the man after he calls for "Jesus," telling him "Don't you dare," and another officer can be heard saying "that's a justified ass whooping."

Perkins said the city will look into the incident.

"I represent the people of the city of Highland Park and, in representing the people, you have to give them transparency," he said.

The incident drew out about a dozen protesters earlier today, who gathered outside of the Grosse Pointe Park police headquarters.

"This is the kind of thing that can ignite something," said Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. "We're here on a peace mission. We're saying, 'If you don't deal with us, then there are a lot of people out here who are not gonna take the time to demonstrate.'"

"We also call for criminal and civil penalties for officers who have engaged in these actions," Scott said in the statement, adding, "We are calling for suspension of these officers until this matter is resolved."
















Officer seen in video has trouble past
By Gina Damron and Tresa Baldas
Detroit Free Press
11:32 p.m. EST January 14, 2015
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/01/14/officer-arrest-video/21771801/ 

One of the police officers involved in an arrest caught on video has had a career embroiled in controversy, with accusations of using a Taser on a former partner and assaulting a mentally disabled man.

The video, which surfaced on Facebook and is now under investigation by the Michigan State Police, shows police punching, kicking and handcuffing a 51-year-old parole absconder, who is accused in the carjacking of a mother and her two children Monday. One police official has called the officers' actions on Detroit's west side "proper."

One of the officers in the video is Highland Park Sgt. Ron Dupuis, Highland Park city attorney Todd Perkins confirmed to the Free Press today.

According to U.S. District Court records, Dupuis — listed as Ronald Dupuis II — is no stranger to the courts, though he has never been convicted of any crimes.

Over the last decade, his tumultuous law enforcement career has triggered a half-dozen civil suits in U.S. District Court — half of them he filed himself over employment disputes; the others involve police brutality accusations.

An attorney who has previously represented Dupuis in civil lawsuits, could not be immediately reached for comment today.


His legal troubles include:
■ In 2012, a woman sued Dupuis, alleging he refused to let her use the restroom while she was in a jail cell — thus forcing her to urinate in her cell — and later "began to choke her" and began to call her vulgar names. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2013 because the plaintiff did not provide sufficient documents to the defense.

■ In 2004, while working as a Hamtramck police officer, Dupuis was sued by a man who alleged Dupuis wrongfully arrested him and had him jailed for no reason. The man was released without being charged. His lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

■ In 2006, Dupuis sued the city of Hamtramck after a female officer accused him of assaulting her with a Taser. He was fired as a result of the accusation, but was later acquitted on the assault charge. He ended up suing the city over his firing and its handling of the assault accusation. The case was settled.

■ In 2008, Dupuis sued the city of Hamtramck a second time over the Taser complaint, alleging the city had a duty to defend him in that lawsuit. That case was dismissed.

■ In 2012, Dupuis filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the city of Highland Park, alleging he was treated unfairly compared to his African American counterparts and that he was unfairly demoted in the police department. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2013.

Also, the Free Press reported in 2006 that, in 1998, Dupuis was reprimanded by the Southgate Police Department after being accused of assaulting a mentally disabled man. Also while in Southgate, Dupuis was accused of stalking a woman and repeatedly pulling her over. He resigned from the department after being told he would be fired.

On Monday, officers with ACTION, a stolen vehicle task force, arrested a man suspected in a carjacking that occurred earlier that day.

Police have not named the man, but the Michigan Department of Corrections identified him as Andrew Jackson, Jr., who, according to the state's online offender system, was sentenced to prison in 2004 on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, assault with intent to rob while armed and fleeting police. According to the corrections department he absconded from parole in April 2014.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said today it received a warrant request for a 51-year-old man, whose name was not provided, in connection with a carjacking that occurred on Evergreen on Monday. According to the office, the warrant is being reviewed and a charging decision has not yet been made.

Attorney Ben Gonek, who said he is representing Jackson, said his client has a "serious eye injury."

Gonek declined to discuss the carjacking accusations. Of the arrest, he said "it's pretty outrageous."

"There's no doubt in my mind that it was excessive force," said Gonek, who previously sued Dupuis, his partner and the city of Hamtramck on behalf of a man who said he was beaten during a traffic stop in 2002. The lawsuit was settled for $20,000.

The task force that made the arrest in Monday is made up of officers from Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, Highland Park and Harper Woods. Detroit police have said none of their officers were involved in the incident. Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said Tuesday that the officers involved were from Highland Park and Grosse Pointe Park.


On Tuesday, Chief David Hiller, with the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety, told the Free Press that the actions of the officers in the arrest were "proper."

Hiller declined to comment when reached today. Highland Park Police Chief Kevin Coney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Highland Park city attorney Todd Perkins said that, in addition to cooperating with the state police investigation, Highland Park is also looking at the arrest, which has drawn scrutiny since a citizen posted a video on Facebook.

In the video, one officer yells at the man after he calls for "Jesus," telling him "Don't you dare," and another officer can be heard saying "that's a justified ass whooping."

Perkins said the city will look into the incident.

"I represent the people of the city of Highland Park and, in representing the people, you have to give them transparency," he said.

The incident drew out about a dozen protesters earlier today, who gathered outside of the Grosse Pointe Park police headquarters.

"This is the kind of thing that can ignite something," said Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. "We're here on a peace mission. We're saying, 'If you don't deal with us, then there are a lot of people out here who are not gonna take the time to demonstrate.'"

"We also call for criminal and civil penalties for officers who have engaged in these actions," Scott said in the statement, adding, "We are calling for suspension of these officers until this matter is resolved."

















Officer Ronald Dupuis' past law enforcement history:





Feb. 17, 1997: Officer Ronald Dupuis written up for careless driving while on duty. Ecorse Police Department.



Between 1997 and 1998: Officer Ronald Dupuis leaves the Ecorse PD and becomes an officer with the Southgate PD.



October 08, 1998: Officer Ronald Dupuis allegedly beat up a mentally disabled man. Southgate PD.



November 04, 1998: Officer Ronald Dupuis reprimanded by the Southgate Police Department for the October 8th beating incident.



Dec. 24, 1998: Officer Ronald Dupuis accused of falsifying overtime slips. Southgate PD.



March 16, 1999: Officer Ronald Dupuis accused of stalking a woman and repeatedly pulling her over while he was on duty. Southgate PD.



March 30, 1999: Officer Ronald Dupuis was informed that he would be fired from the Southgate PD [Stalking incident].



April 02, 1999: Officer Ronald Dupuis resigned from the Southgate PD, to avoid being fired for stalking incident.



Sometime after April 02, 1999: Officer Ronald Dupuis was hired by the Highland Police Department [after resigning from the Southgate PD, to avoid being fired for stalking incident].



Nov. 7, 2000: Officer Ronald Dupuis was laid off by the Highland Park Public Safety department.



Sometime after November 07, 2000: Officer Ronald Dupuis was hired by the Hamtramck PD, after being laid off by the Highland PD.



April 21, 2002: Officer Ronald Dupuis was accused of assaulting a man during a traffic stop. Hamtramck PD. Resulted in a lawsuit, which was settled for $20,000 on November 05, 2005. Dupuis was not fired from the Hamtramack PD. for this incident.



2004: Hamtramck police officer Dupuis was sued by a man who alleged Dupuis wrongfully arrested him and had him jailed for no reason. The man was released without being charged. His lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.



Nov. 3, 2005: Officer Ronald Dupuis was accused of discharging a Taser stun gun and striking his female partner, Officer Prema Graham, in the leg with the weapon. [Hamtramack PD]



Nov. 10, 2005: Officer Ronald Dupuis was fired from the Hamtramck Police Department for tasering Officer Prema Graham.



Sometime after November 10, 2005: Officer Ronald Dupuis won legal challenges related to the tasering incident Officer Prema Graham, and the Hamtramck PD's firing of him.



Sometime after November 10, 2005: Officer Ronald Dupuis returned to duty at the Highland Police Department [previously laid off from department in November 2000].



Dec. 7, 2005: Officer Ronald Dupuis charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in connection with the Taser incident.



April 01, 2006: Officer Ronald Dupuis found not guilty at trial of November 2005 taser incident against Officer Prema Graham



June 16, 2006: Officer Ronald Dupuis won an unemployment claim dispute against the City of Hamtramck for their firing of him after the November 2005 taser incident Officer Prema Graham. Chief of Police also refused to reinstate Dupuis.



2006: Officer Ronald Dupuis filed a lawsuit against the City of Hamtramck and Officer Prema Graham [November 2005 taser incident]



August 2006: City of Hamtramck lost appeal on Officer Ronald Dupuis' unemployment.



November 01, 2006: Officer Ronald Dupuis filed a lawsuit against the City of Hamtramck: Civil Rights / Employment. Police Chief refused to reinstate him. [November 2005 taser incident of Officer Graham].



January 2007: Officer Ronald Dupuis filed suit to be reinstated to Hamtramck PD, following his being terminated after November 2005 taser incident against Officer Prema Graham.



October 31, 2008: Officer Ronald Dupuis filed suit against City of Hamtramck.



2012: Officer Ronald Dupuis was accused of choking a woman who was in custody.



February 28, 2012: Officer Ronald Dupuis filed a suit against Highland Park: Civil Rights / Employment.



May 22, 2012: Officer Ronald Dupuis' gun "accidently" went off outside the department's cell block. Dupuis was shot in the leg. Sources at the Highland PD said there would be no disciplinary action taken against Dupuis.



September 19, 2013: Highland Park Officer Ronald Dupuis arrested uniformed / on duty Detroit Parking Enforcement Officer Rhianna Turner and her girlfriend Kera Hill, in front of Detroit PD. Dupuis transported them back to Highland PD and had the women jailed for four days - without charges. Turner lost her job due to the unlawful arrest and imprisonment.



January 12, 2015: An online video from Emma Craig surfaced, showing Officer Dupuis beating a handcuffed Andrew Jackson during an arrest. "Highland Park city attorney Todd Perkins said he's aware of Dupuis' checkered past, although he said he will "draw no conclusions" from it." In April 2015, Highland Park Police Chief Kevin Coney stated that Officer Dupuis was not facing discipline for the beating of Andrew Jackson.



January 14, 2015: Michigan State Police investigation of Officer Ronald Dupuis and other officers for the January beating of Andrew Jackson. Officer Dupuis was not suspended from duty during this criminal investigation.



February 09, 2015: Officer Ronald Dupuis was shot in the leg during a raid. Officer Dupuis was still on active duty despite an MSP investigation of the beating of Andrew Jackson during a January 2015 arrest.



February 13, 2015: Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy began criminal investigation of Officer Ronald Dupuis and other officers for the January 2015 beating of Andrew Jackson. Officer Dupuis was not suspended from duty during this criminal investigation.
"According to the office, it received a warrant request from the Michigan State Police, which investigated the arrest of Andrew Jackson Jr. on Jan. 12 by officers...One of the officers shown in the video making the arrest is Highland Park Sgt. Ron Dupuis..."



February 25, 2015: Lawsuit filed by Andrew Jackson against Officer Ronald Dupuis for January 2015 beating.



April 15, 2015: Lawsuit filed by Rhianna Turner and Kera Hill against Officer Ronald Dupuis for unlawful arrest and false imprisonment [September 2013]



April 20, 2015: Officer Dupuis cleared by Prosecutor Kym Worthy of criminal charges in the January 2015 beating of Andrew Jackson.
"Worthy did not defend some of the officers’ conduct.  She said some of Sgt. Dupuis’s behavior was improper and warrants possible punishment from his superiors. Still, Worthy said, charges aren’t warranted."



April 20, 2015: Highland Park Police Chief Kevin Coney announced that Officer Ronald Dupuis was not facing disciplinary action for the January beating of Andrew Jackson.