On February 24, 2005, Detroit Police Officer Patrick Jones was suspended from the police department due to his February 16th domestic violence arrest.
Officer Patrick Jones arrested for domestic violence
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Regular Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, February 24, 2005
The regular meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was held on Thursday, February 24, 2005, at 3:00 p.m., at Police Headquarters, 1300 Beaubien, Detroit, Michigan 48226.
4. SECRETARY’S REPORT – EXEC. DIR. GOSS
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On February 24, 2005, Police Officer Patrick Jones, Badge 689, assigned to the Eighth Precinct was suspended without pay by Chief Ella M. Bully-Cummings.
On February 16, 2005, the Internal Controls Division, Internal Affairs Section was notified of an allegation of misconduct on the part of Officer Jones. More specifically, the allegation of misconduct concerned the breaking and entering of a residence of another while in possession of a dangerous weapon and causing damage to the residence. As a result, an Internal Affairs investigation was initiated.
The Internal Affairs investigation revealed the following: On February 16, 2005, at approximately 3:34 a.m. Westland police officers responded to a radio run concerning a breaking and entering at a residence, located in the City of Westland, Michigan. Upon arrival, Westland police officers were advised by complainant 1 that he is a Detroit Police Officer, and that while he and complainant 2 were asleep inside of the residence, complaint 2's eight (8) year old child woke them up because she heard someone knocking on the front door. As complainants 1 and 2 proceeded down stairs, they observed Officer Jones outside standing on the front porch. At that point, Officer Jones knocked down the front door and entered the residence with his firearm drawn to his side. Complainant 1 then retrieved his firearm and identified himself as a Detroit Police Officer and told Officer Jones to leave his residence.
Officer Jones then identified himself as a Detroit Police Officer and advised complainant 1 that he wanted to speak to complainant 2 and his eight (8) year old child. After several requests, Officer Jones left the residence, whereupon he was taken into custody by Westland police officers and transported to the Westland Police Department.
On that same date, a warrant was issued against Officer Jones, charging him with “Home Invasion First Degree,” “Home Invasion Third Degree,” “Malicious Destruction of Property/$200.00 or more but less than $1,000.00,” and “Felony Firearm,” contrary to MCL 750.110a(5), MCL 750.110a(7), MCL 750.377a, and MCL 750.227b, respectively. “Home Invasion First Degree” is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 20 years and/or a fine of $5,000.00; “Home Invasion Third Degree” is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years and/or a fine of $2,000.00; “Malicious Destruction of Property” is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year and/or a fine of not more than $2,000.00 or three (3) times the amount of destruction, whichever is greater; and “Felony Firearm” is a felony punishable by two (2) years in prison.
On February 17, 2005, Officer Jones appeared at the State of Michigan Eighteenth District Court for arraignment; a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf to each of the aforementioned charges. A personal bond was set in
Minutes of the Regular BPC Meeting Thursday, February 24, 2005 Page 6the amount of $10,000.00. A preliminary examination is scheduled for February 24, 2005.
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.
There were no contraventions to the above suspension without pay.