Tuesday, December 19, 2006

MSP LT. Aaron Sweeney - Demoted - Petoskey Post

Also See:

MSP LT. Aaron Sweeney charged with domestic violence [Sept. 06, 2006]

     


Police post commander demoted, transferred
Petoskey News-Review, MI
By Steve Zucker News-Review staff writer
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:54 AM EST
http://www.petoskeynews.com/articles/2007/01/10/news/local_regional/news2.txt

Michigan State Police officials have demoted and re-assigned the former commander of the Petoskey post following an internal investigation into domestic violence allegations against the officer.

State police public affairs officials said on Dec. 19 Aaron Sweeney, 41, was given a one-grade demotion from first lieutenant to lieutenant and re-assigned to a position as a trainer with the agency's fire investigation unit in Gaylord.

The disciplinary action follows a department investigation into an incident that took place at Sweeney's residence on Sept. 6.

Following the incident, Emmet County sheriff's deputies arrested Sweeney on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

On Oct. 11, Sweeney pleaded no-contest to the charge. A no-contest plea is like a guilty plea in that the person is held responsible for the crime and a conviction is entered in the record. Such pleas are only allowed in cases where the defendant either cannot remember the circumstances surrounding the crime because of intoxication or that the case could have possible civil implications. In Sweeney's case, his pending divorce from the victim in the case was the basis for the no-contest plea.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Sweeney was given a deferred sentence. That means that if he successfully completes the six months of probation - which includes paying several hundred dollars in fines and costs and participating in counseling - the conviction will be removed from Sweeney's record.

At the time of the sentence, the prosecutor involved in the case said such deferred sentences are very common in domestic violence cases such as Sweeney's where a defendant has no prior convictions. He said Sweeney was not given special treatment because of his position and said the plea was offered after consultation with the victim in the case.

The commander of the Cheboygan post, F/Lt. Kenneth Holm, is serving as the interim commander of the Petoskey post until a replacement for Sweeney is named. Sweeney, a 20-year veteran of the department, had been the Petoskey post commander since August of 2000. He has previously worked in the department's fire marshal division.


 
 
 

Friday, December 15, 2006

Firefighter Michael Boyd - Sentenced - Southgate FD

FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL BOYD, SOUTHGATE FD:
JULY 15, 2006






FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL BOYD, SOUTHGATE FIRE DEPARTMENT. CHARGED WITH MINOR MISDEMEANOR DISORDERLY. [JULY 15, 2006]









JULY 15, 2006: CASE # CRB 0600975A. MINOR MISDEMEANOR DISORDERLY. PLED GUILTY. FINED $32. [DECEMBER 15. 2006].






Firefighter Michael Boyd [Southgate FD] : August 17, 2007 domestic violence assault.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/08/firefighter-michael-boyd-southgate-fire.html







Facing charges, firefighter suspended
By Jackie Harrison-Martin
The News-Herald
PUBLISHED: September 5, 2007
http://www.thenewsherald.com/stories/090507/loc_20070905002.shtml

SOUTHGATE. A 38-year-old firefighter has been suspended without pay since last week after city officials learned of felony and misdemeanor charges against him.

City administrators took the action against Michael Boyd of Southgate after learning of the firefighter being charged with one felony count of aggravated burglary, three misdemeanor counts of assault and a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest. Mayor Norma Wurmlinger said the information initially came through the Internet.

The mayor said Boyd is suspended without pay, as opposed to with pay, because of the felony charge. A decision on his employment is pending on the resolution of the case against him.

Wurmlinger said the suspension did not take place until officials had the complete police report on the incident.

The charges stem from an encounter Boyd had with an ex-girlfriend, her friend and the woman's father in Port Clinton, Ohio, on Aug. 16.

Wurmlinger said Fire Chief John Wlodkowski, along with the city and labor attorneys, were all in on the decision-making process to suspend the firefighter.

Wlodkowski has not returned calls for comment on the case.Boyd's attorney, Thomas DeBacco, was at a jury trial and initially could not be reached for comment.

He later told The News-Herald Newspapers: "I am honored to defend this young man who commits his young life to saving people and their property. I believe a jury is going to treat him quite favorably."

Boyd is accused of assaulting 25-year-old Melissa McCann, and her high school friend, Josh Large, 28, after driving to visit the woman and seeing the two together watching television.

According to a police report on the incident, McCann had noticeable bruises around both her eyes and upper left arm and Large, her friend and neighbor, also was attacked.

McCann ran to her father's house down the street and Boyd followed her, according to the police report. Police said Boyd kicked in 52-year-old Pat McCann's front door and when McCann tried to come between his daughter and Boyd the firefighter punched him in the lip, causing a bruise and a cut.

Police said Boyd left the house, but was spotted early the next day in a nearby trailer park.

Police officers found Boyd in a shed kissing a woman and said he refused to come out. He told officers they didn't have a warrant, a report said.

According to the police, Boyd was warned several times to come out of the shed and he became combative and attempted to push an officer in the chest when approached.

As they struggled, Boyd began using obscenities and informed police that he is a firefighter, the report says. After several more warnings, police said they sprayed Boyd with pepper spray and handcuffed him.

A pretrial hearing is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 29 before Judge Paul Moon of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas. A trial date is set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 8.


ALSO SEE:
FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL BOYD, SOUTHGATE FD: JULY 01, 2006

Original charge: minor misdemeanor disorderly.
Sentence: Pled guilty. Fined $32.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/07/firefighter-michael-boyd-southgate-fd.html




FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL BOYD, SOUTHGATE FD: AUGUST 17, 2007
Original charges: first-degree felony aggravated burglary; three counts of first-degree misdemeanor assault; and second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest.
Sentence: Plea bargain. Pled guilty to one first-degree misdemeanor assault. In exchange, all other charges were dropped. Sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended on condition no similar offense and remain law abiding for one year. [08/24/2007].
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/08/firefighter-michael-boyd-southgate-fire.html




FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL BOYD, SOUTHGATE FD: DECEMBER 03, 2007.
Original charges: Speeding. 50 /35. Violation of the conditions of his August 2007 sentencing: 30 day jail term was suspended on the condition that Boyd remain law abiding for one year.
Sentence: Paid $32 fine.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/12/firefighter-michael-boyd-southgate-fire.html




FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL BOYD, SOUTHGATE FD: AUGUST 23, 2008
Original charges: Two counts of first degree misdemeanor assault.
Sentence: Plea agreement. Pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor assault and the other charges was dismissed. Sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended on the conditions that the law be abided by. [4/08/09]. NOTE: When Boyd accepted this plea [4/08/09] he was also facing charges for a March 30, 2009 drunk driving offense.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2008/08/firefighter-michael-boyd-southgate-fire.html




FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL BOYD, SOUTHGATE FD: MARCH 30, 2009
Original charges: First-degree misdemeanor carrying concealed weapon; first-degree misdemeanor operating vehicle under influence; first-degree misdemeanor driving with suspended / revoked license; no tail lights; and driving without seatbelt.
Sentence: Plea agreement. Pled guilty to first-degree misdemeanor operating vehicle under influence; all other charges dismissed. Sentenced to 10 days in jail, suspended on condition that the law be abided by for one year; driver's license suspended for 180 days; first offender program.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2009/03/firefighter-michael-boyd-southgate-fd.html




FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL BOYD, SOUTHGATE FD: MARCH 01, 2011.
Original charges: First-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.
CASE STILL PENDING.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/10/firefighter-michael-boyd-southgate-fd.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Officer David Chandler - Baroda-Lake Township PD / Berrien SD


Baroda-Lake Township police officer David Chandler  WAS CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT FOR HIS DECEMBER 07, 2007 ASSUALT ON HIS DAUGHTER. [Chandler is also a sheriff deputy with the Berrien SD].




DEPUTY DAVID CHANDLER BACK ON DUTY AT THE BERRIEN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:


UPDATE: Fired corrections officer allowed male inmate access to gymnasium at Jackson County Jail so he could have sex with female inmates
Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 8:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 11:42 AM
By Danielle Salisbury
The Jackson Citizen Patriot
http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2010/08/female_corrections_officer_fir.html

As the result of an investigation into alleged sexual improprieties at the Jackson County Jail, Corrections Officer Shareena Johnson has been terminated for allowing two female inmates each to have sex with a male inmate.

Another officer, Kyle E. Montgomery, was suspended without pay for 30 days for making inappropriate comments to female inmates, according to a sheriff’s office statement released Tuesday.

The statement publicly marked the end of the investigation, which began June 13 after an inmate alleged a jail employee engaged in sexual activity with a female inmate.

Investigators could not substantiate this, and Prosecutor Hank Zavislak found there was “insufficient evidence” to support criminal charges against Montgomery and Johnson.

“This is a case where policy and procedure was not followed and the parties involved used extremely bad judgment. It is not a matter of criminal behavior and it is not widespread,” Sheriff Dan Heyns said in the statement.

“We take the safety and humane treatment of inmates very seriously here and we are sending a strong message with the personnel actions taken.”

Heyns did not release the names of the officers because he said it is a personnel matter, but the names were contained in two letters signed by Zavislak and released by his office.

Efforts Tuesday to reach both Johnson and Montgomery were unsuccessful.

Though Zavislak did not find there was information to support prosecution, he reprobated the officers' actions, according to the letters, dated Monday.

Montgomery engaged in a pattern of behavior that was “crude, lascivious and unprofessional,” states one letter. “The interviews of the female inmates revealed that on a regular and consistent basis, Montgomery made comments and gestures which were by any measure absolutely inappropriate.”

Johnson displayed “astonishingly poor judgment amounting to culpable stupidity,” the other letter read. “She allowed herself to be manipulated into violating major jail policy multiple times by multiple inmates.”

Heyns said Johnson knowingly permitted the male inmate to have consensual sex, once with one of the women and once with the other, in the gymnasium area at the jail’s downtown facility.

Johnson arranged for the man, a trusty with laundry duties, to meet the women in a closet in or around the gym, according to police reports, released Tuesday.

The reports were assembled by sheriff’s detectives and out-of-county deputies assigned through the Michigan Sheriffs’ Special Investigations Operation Network, a service of the state sheriffs’ association. Heyns called for their assistance as impartial participants.

When interviewed by Detective Lt. David Chandler of Berrien County and Detective Michael Morris of Gratiot County, Johnson admitted she left inmates unsupervised in the gymnasium. She denied knowing they had sex, according to the police reports.

One of the women alleged the male inmate raped her, but she “has no credibility on the issue of consent,” according to one of Zavislak’s letters. Some inmates told investigators the woman thought she might get money out of making the allegation. One person called her “conniving and fake.”

On June 18, the woman said she wanted to “drop everything” related to the accusation, according to the reports.

The other woman told investigators she and the male inmate had a relationship, which she described as “jail house love.” She indicated he promised Johnson or someone else “rims and a sound system” for getting the woman out of the cell.

Inmates said Johnson was nice or good. One said “she wasn’t going to last long. She was too nice,” according to the reports.

Johnson, who served about eight years in the military, had been a corrections officer about three months, she told investigators. Heyns said she was still on probation, which lasts a year for new employees.

Montgomery has been with the sheriff’s office since 1999, Heyns said.

He also is assistant chief of the Columbia Township Fire Department. “Kyle has been on the fire department 20-plus years. Never had an ounce of problem with him,” said department Chief Shawn Lutz.

The sheriff said Montgomery, in his duties as a corrections officer, tolerated inmates’ explicit actions and failed to enforce the proper standard of conduct.

Inmates said he made lewd signs, put up with or even smiled at “flashing” women, talked of a nudist camp, and flirted with inmates, according to the police reports. About a dozen inmates talked about his inappropriate behavior.

In a transcript of an interview with Jackson County Undersheriff Tom Finco and Detective Sgt. Lee Rose, Montgomery denied the allegations against him. “I didn’t do it; I didn’t do any of those things,” he said.

He conceded he might make a rude comment about a partially clothed or indecent inmate or talk about a nice-looking inmate to other officers. Montgomery also said he would allow some trusties, who are given jobs and freedom to move about, extra food or treats.

Finco and Rose responded to his answers to their questions with skepticism. In another interview, a different detective indicated Montgomery was being nonchalant about the accusations.

Heyns said it is “pretty clear” Montgomery understands his mistakes and has agreed to do better.

As a result of the investigation, Heyns said his office has reviewed its procedures. Some rules have been “tightened up,” he said.

He is confident in the officers’ training. “None of those employees were ever trained to let this go on,” he said.

“You can’t legislate judgment.”











In brief
Chandler quits Baroda-Lake police

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007 12:00 am
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/in-brief/article_1f822a46-210b-59e0-83da-f5acefa0446d.html

BARODA — David Chandler has resigned from his part-time patrolman position with the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department, according to Gary Ruhl, chief of police. Chandler had been demoted from captain to lieutenant in the Berrien County Sheriff's Department as the result of an internal investigation of a domestic violence incident. Chandler will no longer head the detective bureau but will continue to work as a detective.

Chandler earlier this month was sentenced in Berrien County Trial Court to serve nine months on probation and pay a fine and costs of $625. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.The charge stemmed from a Dec. 7 fight between Chandler and his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler, at the family's home in Pipestone Township.













Board must decide what to do with 2 part-time officers

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 12:00 am
By WILLIAM F. AST III, H-P Staff Writer
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/board-must-decide-what-to-do-with-part-time-officers/article_1c275938-d369-52d3-b84a-44cba27afc68.html

BARODA — The Baroda-Lake Township Police Board will have to decide the job status of Berrien County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dave Chandler and Bridgman Police Department officer Dean Jones, both of whom are part-time patrolmen with the township department.

Baroda Township Supervisor Jim Brow said police Chief Gary Ruhl on Monday gave the Township Board an update about the two officers. Ruhl said he will make a recommendation soon, and Brow said the police board will likely have a special meeting to decide on it.

Chandler has been demoted from captain to lieutenant in the Sheriff's Department as the result of an internal investigation of a domestic violence incident. Chandler last week was sentenced in Berrien County Trial Court to serve nine months on probation and pay a fine and costs of $625. He had pleaded guilty to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 7 fight between Chandler and his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler, at the family's home in Pipestone Township.

Ruhl has issued a ticket to Jones, charging him with disregarding a stop sign.

A patrol car Jones was driving collided with a minivan at the corner of Hinchman Road and Cleveland Avenue in Baroda Township early Jan. 1. He was on his way to help at Baroda-Lake Township police officer.

Jones also faced internal discipline from Bridgman Police Chief Ted Post. Post said the disciplinary action has been administered and Jones remains on the police force, but the chief would not say what the punishment was.

Brow is a member of the Baroda-Lake Township Police board. He said other members are: Chairman Terry Eichler and Tom Carson, both Lake Township Board trustees; Baroda Township Treasurer Susan Newcomer; and Baroda Village Council President Bob Getz.

The board normally meets the second Tuesday every two months and already met in January, Brow said.

The Baroda-Lake Township Police Department has three full-time officers and 13 part-time officers.

Also Monday, Brow told the board the Baroda Fire Department will soon get its new pickup truck, and a new Jeep is on the way as well. Both vehicles will be used to fight grass fires and for other purposes, he said.

Once the two vehicles are on hand, Baroda will have equipment "as good as anyone has," Brow said. He recently retired from the Fire Department after some 22 years of service.The department's old pickup truck will be sold to the Drummond Island Fire Department, which needs a grass rig, Brow said.

In other matters, the board discussed extending the days that the recycling bin is available near the Fire Department.Brow said the bin is now available the second and last Saturdays of each month. The township is going to get a quote from Michiana Recycling of Niles on how much it would cost to have the bin available all the time, he said.











In brief
Chandler demoted over home incident

Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2007 12:00 am
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/in-brief/article_a8226e32-4155-553b-967d-2d22517ccaab.html

ST. JOSEPH — David Chandler has been demoted from captain to lieutenant in the Berrien County Sheriffs Department as the result of an internal investigation of a domestic violence incident, Sheriff Paul Bailey said Friday.

Chandler will no longer head the detective bureau but will continue to work as a detective, Bailey said.

Bailey said he met with Chandler Friday and informed him of the decision. Chandler was taken off administrative leave status and will return to work in two weeks after he uses some vacation time.

On Thursday, Chandler was sentenced in Berrien County Trial Court to serve nine months on probation and pay a fine and costs of $625. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 7 fight between Chandler and his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler, at the family's home in Pipestone Township.














Officer draws fine, probation

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2007 12:00 am
By WILLIAM F. AST III, H-P Staff Writer
DENNIS COGSWELLH-P Region Editor
H-P Staff Writer Julie Swidwa contributed to this report.
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/officer-draws-fine-probation/article_d78b74a6-d4db-5483-af0a-e4751f8100f8.html

ST. JOSEPH — Capt. David Chandler of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department was sentenced Thursday to nine months' probation and a fine and costs of $625 for misdemeanor domestic violence.

Chandler pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday.

Berrien County Trial Court Judge Al Butzbaugh ordered Chandler to continue to attend counseling and to have no personal contact with the victim, his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler. Butzbaugh said they can have phone and e-mail contact in the meantime.

Jacqueline Chandler in court Thursday asked that she be allowed to have personal contact with her father. Butzbaugh declined to permit that but said he will review his order after Chandler attends more counseling sessions.The case stemmed from a fight between Chandler and his daughter at their home in Pipestone Township on Dec. 7. Jacqueline Chandler told state police that she, her mother, Victoria, one of Jacqueline's friends and the friend's 3-year-old daughter were watching television when her father came home. She told her father she had gotten a puppy, which had soiled the floor.

When the 3-year-old started playing with the puppy in a cage, David Chandler became annoyed and asked his daughter to do something about it, according to a state police report in the court files.

Jacqueline Chandler said she replied that it wasn't her child, telling her father, "Why do you have to be such a jerk?"

She told a police investigator that her father struck her in the face with the palm of his hand.

He then said to her, "If you are so big and bad, let's fight" and pinned her to the floor, striking her in the face several times, she told police.

Jacqueline Chandler said she suffered a fat lip and her face was discolored and bruised. Her friend told police the young woman's mouth and nose were bleeding.

Jacqueline Chandler told police she has been physically abused by her father before, according to the report. The report did not contain a statement from David Chandler.

Chandler's lawyer, Andrew Burch, told Butzbaugh that Chandler is "going to be a success in the counseling sessions." He called his client "an honorable man who has served our community well for 30 years."

State police from Fifth District headquarters in Paw Paw investigated the accusation against Chandler. Because Berrien County prosecutors know Chandler, the information was forwarded to the Allegan County prosecutor's office to avoid possible conflicts of interest. That office authorized the assault charge.Chandler was placed on paid administrative leave on Dec. 8 while the investigation took place, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said Thursday.The department is conducting its own internal investigation of the incident, and that investigation will be complete on Monday, Bailey said. The department at that time will make a decision on Chandler's status, he said.Victoria Chandler last year lost a bid for re-election as a Berrien County commissioner.












Sheriff's captain pleads guilty to domestic violence
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2007 12:00 am
By WILLIAM F. AST III, H-P Staff Writer
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/sheriff-s-captainpleads-guilty-todomestic-violence/article_4a81d0bd-f3a1-55fb-8121-ee9bc6b506f3.html

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County Sheriff's Department Capt. David Chandler pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Berrien Trial Court to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

Police and court officials have been being tight-lipped about the details of the case. However, numerous sources familiar with the case have confirmed it involved an altercation between Chandler and a daughter.

Chandler was scheduled to be sentenced today by Berrien Trial Court Judge Alfred Butzbaugh. The charge carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail.State police at the Niles post investigated the incident and gave the information to Berrien County Prosecutor Art Cotter. It was then forwarded to the Allegan County Prosecutor's Office, as Chandler is a police officer in Berrien County.

"I really don't feel comfortable" releasing any details, said Allegan Chief Assistant Prosecutor Margaret Bakker, who reviewed the case and authorized the charge. "The case involves family and I want to respect their privacy at this point."

Chandler had been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said in an earlier story.

Chandler is the husband of Victoria Chandler, who last year lost a bid for re-election as a Berrien County commissioner.

























Deputy David Chandler - Berrien SD


BERRIEN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY DAVID CHANDLER WAS CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT FOR HIS DECEMBER 07, 2007 ASSUALT ON HIS DAUGHTER. [Chandler is also a police officer for the Baroda - Lake Township PD].




DEPUTY DAVID CHANDLER BACK ON DUTY AT THE BERRIEN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:


UPDATE: Fired corrections officer allowed male inmate access to gymnasium at Jackson County Jail so he could have sex with female inmates
Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 8:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 11:42 AM
By Danielle Salisbury
The Jackson Citizen Patriot
http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2010/08/female_corrections_officer_fir.html

As the result of an investigation into alleged sexual improprieties at the Jackson County Jail, Corrections Officer Shareena Johnson has been terminated for allowing two female inmates each to have sex with a male inmate.

Another officer, Kyle E. Montgomery, was suspended without pay for 30 days for making inappropriate comments to female inmates, according to a sheriff’s office statement released Tuesday.

The statement publicly marked the end of the investigation, which began June 13 after an inmate alleged a jail employee engaged in sexual activity with a female inmate.

Investigators could not substantiate this, and Prosecutor Hank Zavislak found there was “insufficient evidence” to support criminal charges against Montgomery and Johnson.

“This is a case where policy and procedure was not followed and the parties involved used extremely bad judgment. It is not a matter of criminal behavior and it is not widespread,” Sheriff Dan Heyns said in the statement.

“We take the safety and humane treatment of inmates very seriously here and we are sending a strong message with the personnel actions taken.”

Heyns did not release the names of the officers because he said it is a personnel matter, but the names were contained in two letters signed by Zavislak and released by his office.

Efforts Tuesday to reach both Johnson and Montgomery were unsuccessful.

Though Zavislak did not find there was information to support prosecution, he reprobated the officers' actions, according to the letters, dated Monday.

Montgomery engaged in a pattern of behavior that was “crude, lascivious and unprofessional,” states one letter. “The interviews of the female inmates revealed that on a regular and consistent basis, Montgomery made comments and gestures which were by any measure absolutely inappropriate.”

Johnson displayed “astonishingly poor judgment amounting to culpable stupidity,” the other letter read. “She allowed herself to be manipulated into violating major jail policy multiple times by multiple inmates.”

Heyns said Johnson knowingly permitted the male inmate to have consensual sex, once with one of the women and once with the other, in the gymnasium area at the jail’s downtown facility.

Johnson arranged for the man, a trusty with laundry duties, to meet the women in a closet in or around the gym, according to police reports, released Tuesday.

The reports were assembled by sheriff’s detectives and out-of-county deputies assigned through the Michigan Sheriffs’ Special Investigations Operation Network, a service of the state sheriffs’ association. Heyns called for their assistance as impartial participants.

When interviewed by Detective Lt. David Chandler of Berrien County and Detective Michael Morris of Gratiot County, Johnson admitted she left inmates unsupervised in the gymnasium. She denied knowing they had sex, according to the police reports.

One of the women alleged the male inmate raped her, but she “has no credibility on the issue of consent,” according to one of Zavislak’s letters. Some inmates told investigators the woman thought she might get money out of making the allegation. One person called her “conniving and fake.”

On June 18, the woman said she wanted to “drop everything” related to the accusation, according to the reports.

The other woman told investigators she and the male inmate had a relationship, which she described as “jail house love.” She indicated he promised Johnson or someone else “rims and a sound system” for getting the woman out of the cell.

Inmates said Johnson was nice or good. One said “she wasn’t going to last long. She was too nice,” according to the reports.

Johnson, who served about eight years in the military, had been a corrections officer about three months, she told investigators. Heyns said she was still on probation, which lasts a year for new employees.

Montgomery has been with the sheriff’s office since 1999, Heyns said.

He also is assistant chief of the Columbia Township Fire Department. “Kyle has been on the fire department 20-plus years. Never had an ounce of problem with him,” said department Chief Shawn Lutz.

The sheriff said Montgomery, in his duties as a corrections officer, tolerated inmates’ explicit actions and failed to enforce the proper standard of conduct.

Inmates said he made lewd signs, put up with or even smiled at “flashing” women, talked of a nudist camp, and flirted with inmates, according to the police reports. About a dozen inmates talked about his inappropriate behavior.

In a transcript of an interview with Jackson County Undersheriff Tom Finco and Detective Sgt. Lee Rose, Montgomery denied the allegations against him. “I didn’t do it; I didn’t do any of those things,” he said.

He conceded he might make a rude comment about a partially clothed or indecent inmate or talk about a nice-looking inmate to other officers. Montgomery also said he would allow some trusties, who are given jobs and freedom to move about, extra food or treats.

Finco and Rose responded to his answers to their questions with skepticism. In another interview, a different detective indicated Montgomery was being nonchalant about the accusations.

Heyns said it is “pretty clear” Montgomery understands his mistakes and has agreed to do better.

As a result of the investigation, Heyns said his office has reviewed its procedures. Some rules have been “tightened up,” he said.

He is confident in the officers’ training. “None of those employees were ever trained to let this go on,” he said.

“You can’t legislate judgment.”











In brief
Chandler quits Baroda-Lake police

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007 12:00 am
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/in-brief/article_1f822a46-210b-59e0-83da-f5acefa0446d.html

BARODA — David Chandler has resigned from his part-time patrolman position with the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department, according to Gary Ruhl, chief of police. Chandler had been demoted from captain to lieutenant in the Berrien County Sheriff's Department as the result of an internal investigation of a domestic violence incident. Chandler will no longer head the detective bureau but will continue to work as a detective.

Chandler earlier this month was sentenced in Berrien County Trial Court to serve nine months on probation and pay a fine and costs of $625. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.The charge stemmed from a Dec. 7 fight between Chandler and his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler, at the family's home in Pipestone Township.













Board must decide what to do with 2 part-time officers

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 12:00 am
By WILLIAM F. AST III, H-P Staff Writer
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/board-must-decide-what-to-do-with-part-time-officers/article_1c275938-d369-52d3-b84a-44cba27afc68.html

BARODA — The Baroda-Lake Township Police Board will have to decide the job status of Berrien County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dave Chandler and Bridgman Police Department officer Dean Jones, both of whom are part-time patrolmen with the township department.

Baroda Township Supervisor Jim Brow said police Chief Gary Ruhl on Monday gave the Township Board an update about the two officers. Ruhl said he will make a recommendation soon, and Brow said the police board will likely have a special meeting to decide on it.

Chandler has been demoted from captain to lieutenant in the Sheriff's Department as the result of an internal investigation of a domestic violence incident. Chandler last week was sentenced in Berrien County Trial Court to serve nine months on probation and pay a fine and costs of $625. He had pleaded guilty to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 7 fight between Chandler and his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler, at the family's home in Pipestone Township.

Ruhl has issued a ticket to Jones, charging him with disregarding a stop sign.

A patrol car Jones was driving collided with a minivan at the corner of Hinchman Road and Cleveland Avenue in Baroda Township early Jan. 1. He was on his way to help at Baroda-Lake Township police officer.

Jones also faced internal discipline from Bridgman Police Chief Ted Post. Post said the disciplinary action has been administered and Jones remains on the police force, but the chief would not say what the punishment was.

Brow is a member of the Baroda-Lake Township Police board. He said other members are: Chairman Terry Eichler and Tom Carson, both Lake Township Board trustees; Baroda Township Treasurer Susan Newcomer; and Baroda Village Council President Bob Getz.

The board normally meets the second Tuesday every two months and already met in January, Brow said.

The Baroda-Lake Township Police Department has three full-time officers and 13 part-time officers.

Also Monday, Brow told the board the Baroda Fire Department will soon get its new pickup truck, and a new Jeep is on the way as well. Both vehicles will be used to fight grass fires and for other purposes, he said.

Once the two vehicles are on hand, Baroda will have equipment "as good as anyone has," Brow said. He recently retired from the Fire Department after some 22 years of service.The department's old pickup truck will be sold to the Drummond Island Fire Department, which needs a grass rig, Brow said.

In other matters, the board discussed extending the days that the recycling bin is available near the Fire Department.Brow said the bin is now available the second and last Saturdays of each month. The township is going to get a quote from Michiana Recycling of Niles on how much it would cost to have the bin available all the time, he said.











In brief
Chandler demoted over home incident

Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2007 12:00 am
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/in-brief/article_a8226e32-4155-553b-967d-2d22517ccaab.html

ST. JOSEPH — David Chandler has been demoted from captain to lieutenant in the Berrien County Sheriffs Department as the result of an internal investigation of a domestic violence incident, Sheriff Paul Bailey said Friday.

Chandler will no longer head the detective bureau but will continue to work as a detective, Bailey said.

Bailey said he met with Chandler Friday and informed him of the decision. Chandler was taken off administrative leave status and will return to work in two weeks after he uses some vacation time.

On Thursday, Chandler was sentenced in Berrien County Trial Court to serve nine months on probation and pay a fine and costs of $625. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

The charge stemmed from a Dec. 7 fight between Chandler and his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler, at the family's home in Pipestone Township.












Officer draws fine, probation

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2007 12:00 am
By WILLIAM F. AST III, H-P Staff Writer
DENNIS COGSWELLH-P Region Editor
H-P Staff Writer Julie Swidwa contributed to this report.
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/officer-draws-fine-probation/article_d78b74a6-d4db-5483-af0a-e4751f8100f8.html

ST. JOSEPH — Capt. David Chandler of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department was sentenced Thursday to nine months' probation and a fine and costs of $625 for misdemeanor domestic violence.

Chandler pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday.

Berrien County Trial Court Judge Al Butzbaugh ordered Chandler to continue to attend counseling and to have no personal contact with the victim, his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler. Butzbaugh said they can have phone and e-mail contact in the meantime.

Jacqueline Chandler in court Thursday asked that she be allowed to have personal contact with her father. Butzbaugh declined to permit that but said he will review his order after Chandler attends more counseling sessions.The case stemmed from a fight between Chandler and his daughter at their home in Pipestone Township on Dec. 7. Jacqueline Chandler told state police that she, her mother, Victoria, one of Jacqueline's friends and the friend's 3-year-old daughter were watching television when her father came home. She told her father she had gotten a puppy, which had soiled the floor.

When the 3-year-old started playing with the puppy in a cage, David Chandler became annoyed and asked his daughter to do something about it, according to a state police report in the court files.

Jacqueline Chandler said she replied that it wasn't her child, telling her father, "Why do you have to be such a jerk?"

She told a police investigator that her father struck her in the face with the palm of his hand.

He then said to her, "If you are so big and bad, let's fight" and pinned her to the floor, striking her in the face several times, she told police.

Jacqueline Chandler said she suffered a fat lip and her face was discolored and bruised. Her friend told police the young woman's mouth and nose were bleeding.

Jacqueline Chandler told police she has been physically abused by her father before, according to the report. The report did not contain a statement from David Chandler.

Chandler's lawyer, Andrew Burch, told Butzbaugh that Chandler is "going to be a success in the counseling sessions." He called his client "an honorable man who has served our community well for 30 years."

State police from Fifth District headquarters in Paw Paw investigated the accusation against Chandler. Because Berrien County prosecutors know Chandler, the information was forwarded to the Allegan County prosecutor's office to avoid possible conflicts of interest. That office authorized the assault charge.Chandler was placed on paid administrative leave on Dec. 8 while the investigation took place, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said Thursday.The department is conducting its own internal investigation of the incident, and that investigation will be complete on Monday, Bailey said. The department at that time will make a decision on Chandler's status, he said.Victoria Chandler last year lost a bid for re-election as a Berrien County commissioner.












Sheriff's captain pleads guilty to domestic violence
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2007 12:00 am
By WILLIAM F. AST III, H-P Staff Writer
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/sheriff-s-captainpleads-guilty-todomestic-violence/article_4a81d0bd-f3a1-55fb-8121-ee9bc6b506f3.html

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County Sheriff's Department Capt. David Chandler pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Berrien Trial Court to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

Police and court officials have been being tight-lipped about the details of the case. However, numerous sources familiar with the case have confirmed it involved an altercation between Chandler and a daughter.

Chandler was scheduled to be sentenced today by Berrien Trial Court Judge Alfred Butzbaugh. The charge carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail.State police at the Niles post investigated the incident and gave the information to Berrien County Prosecutor Art Cotter. It was then forwarded to the Allegan County Prosecutor's Office, as Chandler is a police officer in Berrien County.

"I really don't feel comfortable" releasing any details, said Allegan Chief Assistant Prosecutor Margaret Bakker, who reviewed the case and authorized the charge. "The case involves family and I want to respect their privacy at this point."

Chandler had been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said in an earlier story.

Chandler is the husband of Victoria Chandler, who last year lost a bid for re-election as a Berrien County commissioner.

























Friday, December 1, 2006

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Genesee SD




Reserve Deputy Alan Eugene Trimue Jr. : Genesee SD

Charged: June 20, 2007

Sentenced: April 21, 2008

ORIGINAL CHARGES: ELEVEN COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT; 2 COUNTS OF KIDNAPPING; 2 COUNTS OF IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER WHILE COMMITTING A CRIME; AND 2 COUNTS OF FELONY FIREARM.




Also See:
Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Sentenced [April 21, 2008]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2009/10/oidv-offender-update-alan-trimue.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Charged [June 20, 2007]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/06/special-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 1]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 2]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 3]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_1.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 4]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_8613.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 5]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_6823.html




MDOC NUMBER: 684725
CURRENT STATUS: PRISONER
LOCATION: EARNEST C. BROOKS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
SECURITY LEVEL: 11
EARLIEST RELEASE DATE: 12/19/2015
MAXIMUM DISCHARGE DATE: 06/19/2024





SENTENCE 5:
OFFENSE: WEAPONS-FELONY FIREARMS
MCL #: 750.227BA
COURT FILE # : 0721390-FC-U
COUNTY: GENESEE
CONVICTION TYPE: NOLO CONTENDERE
MINIMUM SENTENCE: 2 YEARS 0 MONTHS
MAXIMUM SENTENCE: 2 YEARS 0 MONTHS
DATE OF OFFENSE: 12/01/2006
DATE OF SENTENCE: 04/21/2008

     



 

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Genesee SD

Reserve Deputy Alan Eugene Trimue Jr. : Genesee SD

Charged: June 20, 2007

Sentenced: April 21, 2008

 
ORIGINAL CHARGES: ELEVEN COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT; 2 COUNTS OF KIDNAPPING; 2 COUNTS OF IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER WHILE COMMITTING A CRIME; AND 2 COUNTS OF FELONY FIREARM.




Also See:
Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Sentenced [April 21, 2008]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2009/10/oidv-offender-update-alan-trimue.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Charged [June 20, 2007]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/06/special-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 1]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 2]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 3]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_1.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 4]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_8613.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 5]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_6823.html




MDOC NUMBER: 684725
CURRENT STATUS: PRISONER
LOCATION: EARNEST C. BROOKS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
SECURITY LEVEL: 11
EARLIEST RELEASE DATE: 12/19/2015
MAXIMUM DISCHARGE DATE: 06/19/2024





SENTENCE 4:
OFFENSE: CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT, 3RD DEGREE [MULTIPLE VARIABLES]
MCL #: 750.520D
COURT FILE # : 07021390-FC-U
COUNTY: GENESEE
CONVICTION TYPE: NOLO CONTENDERE
MINIMUM SENTENCE: 6 YEARS 6 MONTHS
MAXIMUM SENTENCE: 15 YEARS 0 MONTHS
DATE OF OFFENSE: 12/01/2006
DATE OF SENTENCE: 04/21/2008


   


Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Genesee SD

Reserve Deputy Alan Eugene Trimue Jr. : Genesee SD

Charged: June 20, 2007

Sentenced: April 21, 2008

ORIGINAL CHARGES: ELEVEN COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT; 2 COUNTS OF KIDNAPPING; 2 COUNTS OF IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER WHILE COMMITTING A CRIME; AND 2 COUNTS OF FELONY FIREARM.



Also See:
Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Sentenced [April 21, 2008]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2009/10/oidv-offender-update-alan-trimue.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Charged [June 20, 2007]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/06/special-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 1]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 2]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 3]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_1.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 4]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_8613.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 5]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_6823.html





MDOC NUMBER: 684725
CURRENT STATUS: PRISONER
LOCATION: EARNEST C. BROOKS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
SECURITY LEVEL: 11
EARLIEST RELEASE DATE: 12/19/2015
MAXIMUM DISCHARGE DATE: 06/19/2024

   

SENTENCE 3:
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING-ATTEMPT
MCL #: 750.349
COURT FILE # : 07021390-FC-U
COUNTY: GENESEE
CONVICTION TYPE: NOLO CONTENDERE
MINIMUM SENTENCE: 2 YEARS 0 MONTHS
MAXIMUM SENTENCE: 5 YEARS 0 MONTHS
DATE OF OFFENSE: 12/01/2006
DATE OF SENTENCE: 04/21/2008

       


Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Genesee SD

Reserve Deputy Alan Eugene Trimue Jr. : Genesee County

Charged: June 20, 2007

Sentenced: April 21, 2008

   
ORIGINAL CHARGES: ELEVEN COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT; 2 COUNTS OF KIDNAPPING; 2 COUNTS OF IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER WHILE COMMITTING A CRIME; AND 2 COUNTS OF FELONY FIREARM.



Also See:
Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Sentenced [April 21, 2008]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2009/10/oidv-offender-update-alan-trimue.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Charged [June 20, 2007]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/06/special-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 1]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 2]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 3]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_1.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 4]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_8613.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 5]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_6823.html





MDOC NUMBER: 684725
CURRENT STATUS: PRISONER
LOCATION: EARNEST C. BROOKS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
SECURITY LEVEL: 11
EARLIEST RELEASE DATE: 12/19/2015
MAXIMUM DISCHARGE DATE: 06/19/2024



SENTENCE 2:
OFFENSE: CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT, 3RD DEGREE [MULTIPLE VARIABLES]
MCL #: 750.520D
COURT FILE # : 07021390-FC-U
COUNTY: GENESEE
CONVICTION TYPE: NOLO CONTENDERE
MINIMUM SENTENCE: 6 YEARS 6 MONTHS
MAXIMUM SENTENCE: 15 YEARS 0 MONTHS
DATE OF OFFENSE: 12/01/2006
DATE OF SENTENCE: 04/21/2008

       



 

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Genesee SD

Reserve Deputy Alan Eugene Trimue Jr. : Genesee County


Charged: June 20, 2007

Sentenced: April 21, 2008

ORIGINAL CHARGES: ELEVEN COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT; 2 COUNTS OF KIDNAPPING; 2 COUNTS OF IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER WHILE COMMITTING A CRIME; AND 2 COUNTS OF FELONY FIREARM.



Also See:
Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Sentenced [April 21, 2008]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2009/10/oidv-offender-update-alan-trimue.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Charged [June 20, 2007]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/06/special-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 1]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 2]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 3]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_1.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 4]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_8613.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 5]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_6823.html






MDOC NUMBER: 684725
CURRENT STATUS: PRISONER
LOCATION: EARNEST C. BROOKS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
SECURITY LEVEL: 11
EARLIEST RELEASE DATE: 12/19/2015
MAXIMUM DISCHARGE DATE: 06/19/2024

SENTENCE 1:
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING-ATTEMPT
MCL #: 750.349
COURT FILE # : 07021390-FC-U
COUNTY: GENESEE
CONVICTION TYPE: NOLO CONTENDERE
MINIMUM SENTENCE: 2 YEARS 0 MONTHS
MAXIMUM SENTENCE: 5 YEARS 0 MONTHS
DATE OF OFFENSE: 12/01/2006
DATE OF SENTENCE: 04/21/2008







Sunday, November 26, 2006

Brandon Martell Moore - Killed - Officer Eugene Williams - Detroit PD




Also See:

Officer Eugene Miller - Shot and wounded wife - Detroit PD

 
On November 26, 2006, while moonlighting as a security guard at the Detroit  Bel-Air Mall, Officer Eugene Williams shot and killed 16-year-old Brandon Martell Moore in the back. Williams was never charged for Moore's death. If not for reporter Diane Bukowski, Brandon's death would have gone unnoticed.
 
"Were it not for Bukowski, who pursued the case relentlessly, Brandon would have died without a trace. Thanks to her reporting, the community demanded answers."
[Gary Young. The Nation]
 
 
 
 
A WOMAN AGAINST THE SYSTEM
BY GARY YOUNGE, published in The Nation and by Agence Globale
December 19, 2008
(Nov. 17, 2010 – This article is being re-published due to a recent attack on Bukowski related to her conviction in this case.)


On election day James Willingham, 42, was driving home from the polls in Detroit around 3:30 pm on his motorcycle when he was allegedly hit by a police car with such force that he struck and killed a pedestrian, Jeffrey Frazier, and then crashed into a pole and died from the impact.


When Diane Bukowski, a white journalist for the black newspaper Michigan Citizen, heard the news on a black radio station, she rushed to the scene on the corner of Justine and East Davison. The first print reporter to arrive, she showed her credentials and started taking photographs. A female state trooper yelled at her from across the street, “Who the fuck do you think you are?” Bukowski again identified herself as a journalist. “I didn’t cross any police tape,” says Bukowski. “I was just doing my job.” The trooper grabbed the camera, deleted the photos, handcuffed Bukowski, arrested her on a single misdemeanor count of obstructing an investigation and took her to state police headquarters, where she was held for about an hour.


And so it was that as the polls were closing in Michigan and the nation began to bask in the warm glow of a post-racial society, a white woman was cuffed and fingerprinted because she tried to tell the world about two black men who had just been killed.


For all the dreamy talk of the journey we are on to transcend race, only a handful like Bukowski are actually paying for the ticket. Not just because she’s a white woman who works for a black newspaper and got arrested, or because the victims she was writing about were black, but because she is a white person who is prepared to take on the mess that white supremacy has built.

Detroit
Extinguishing race as a meaningful category demands that we first get rid of the racism that gives it meaning. In that respect, the symbolic resonance of election night in Chicago — joyous as it was — can be understood only within the systemic neglect and harassment of that fateful afternoon in Detroit. The two scenes do not contradict but complement each other. A black man in the White House seemed so unlikely precisely because a black man in prison or dead at the hands of the police is so much more likely. What individuals do in the privacy of the polling booth pleasantly surprised some of us; but the outrageous things institutions do in plain sight no longer turn heads. Race describes the protagonists; power shapes the narrative.

“I’m happy that Barack Obama got elected,” says Arnold Reed, Bukowski’s attorney. “It’s a start. But he’s not the savior. He’s not standing on the corner of Justine and Davison. The battle that transcends race in this country is between those who have and those who have not. Diane’s reports have given a voice to those who have not.”


Bukowski cuts an intriguing figure. An insatiable gum-chewer, she strides through the roughest areas of black Detroit in single-minded pursuit of her stories. She is 60 years old and stands at around 5 feet 4 inches. A few days after her arrest, her charge was ramped up to five felony counts of assaulting, wounding, battering, resisting, obstructing or endangering five troopers, carrying up to ten years in prison. The idea of this small woman single-handedly battering five armed troopers would be funny if it weren’t so absurd. The charges were reduced to two troopers following a preliminary exam.

The police claim they didn’t hit Willingham. They say the accident on election day occurred when Willingham raced away from them on a stolen motorcycle after they tried to pull him over for speeding.
Given a choice between their account and Bukowski’s, I know which one I would believe. She reported on the murder of Brandon Martell Moore for the Michigan Citizen. Brandon, 16, was shot in the back by an off-duty cop as he left a mall. Brandon had never been in trouble with the law before. But the cop who shot him had. In 1971 Eugene Williams, who is black, was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident while under the influence of alcohol. In 1979 Williams shot and killed a 31-year-old man during a neighborhood brawl. Five years later he shot his wife, but she lived. Williams stayed on the force. The senseless death of a black teenager at the hand of a wayward cop is clearly not a newsworthy story in Detroit. The city’s two main newspapers needed less than 200 words to write up the whole story in which they failed even to mention Brandon’s name and quoted only the police.


Were it not for Bukowski, who pursued the case relentlessly, Brandon would have died without a trace. Thanks to her reporting, the community demanded answers.

So there is a reason the Detroit police don’t like Bukowski. She refuses to let them do their job the way they see fit. During her years at the Citizen she has broken several stories, including one about the “Booty Boys” — police on Detroit’s Southwest side were conducting illegal cavity searches of black men in public on city streets. She also broke the story of Eugene Brown, a cop who ran amok in black areas during the ’90s. Her work was used by federal authorities when they imposed a consent decree on Detroit police. Nonetheless, all these police officers, most of whom are black, remain on the force. “This is clearly an attempt to intimidate me,” says Bukowski of her arrest. “They are trying to cover up what happened.” Without her, they would get away with murder, literally.


At Detroit’s 36th District court, where Bukowski’s preliminary exam was heard, almost everyone is black — the public defenders, judges, security guards, defendants, cashiers, stenographers, ushers. Once the system is up and running, the race of those who operate it is as secondary as the race of those who fight it.

Gary Younge, the Alfred Knobler Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the New York correspondent for the Guardian and the author of No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South (Mississippi) and Stranger in a Strange Land: Travels in the Disunited States
                         







Killings by Cops on the Rise as Detroit DA Refuses to Prosecute
Four killed in July alone; Green candidate to challenge Worthy in November.
The Michigan Citizen
News Report, Diane Bukowski
Posted: Aug 12, 2008

DETROIT — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy appeared solo on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot, and families of children and men killed by the police during her tenure are asking why.


Two Democratic Party contenders, defense attorney Portia Roberson and Detroit Medical Center executive Maurice Morton, withdrew from the race in April.

Roberson, who cited the “changed political climate” in Detroit as the reason for her withdrawal on her website, later became chief assistant corporation counsel for the Detroit Medical Center, headed by former Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Duggan. Morton, previously deputy chief of drug operations under Duggan, moved to another position out of state, according to a fellow church member.

‘Worthy needs to go’

“Worthy needs to go,” said Rayfield Moore, Shelton Bell, Sr.’s next door neighbor. Bell’s only child, 16-year-old Shelton Bell, Jr. was the first of four men killed by law enforcement officers in Detroit this past July.

Moore was elated to learn that in November, Detroit criminal defense attorney Matthew Abel will run against Worthy on the Green Party ticket.

Worthy has not charged a single Detroit police officer with murder since — as an assistant prosecutor — she prosecuted Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn for killing Malice Green in 1992. There have been dozens of killings during her tenure.

She did unsuccessfully prosecute Michigan State Trooper Jay Morningstar for the 2004 killing of Eric Williams, a homeless man, in Detroit’s Greektown.

“We must charge based on facts we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” Worthy said in a statement. “We do not have a quota system for charging police officers. Each case is evaluated on its own merits.”

The July killings are still under investigation, Worthy said.

She did not comment on the June 2 killing of 54-year-old Tommy Staples, Sr., a community mentor who regularly mediated when youth were stopped by the two officers who killed him. According to his autopsy report, Staples was shot two times in a front shoulder, two times in a back shoulder, once in a foot, and once in the top of the head. When his wife and son arrived at the scene, they found him under the officers’ car.

Worthy defends record
“In 2006 and 2007 we charged 36 Detroit Police Officers with felonies and misdemeanor offenses,” Worthy said. “Currently in 2008 we have charged officers with crimes. These cases reflect both on and off duty misconduct. The crimes range from felonies such as involuntary manslaughter, criminal sexual conduct, child sexual assault and domestic violence assault offenses.”


That is small comfort for Bell, Sr. His son, the father of a two-year-old boy and a six-month-old girl, was killed July 1 at a BP gas station at West Chicago and Schaefer by an off-duty Detroit police officer. The autopsy report shows that Bell, Jr. was shot ten times, five in the chest, three in the back, once in the head behind his right ear, and once in his left arm. None of the shots were at close range. Bell, Jr. had no intoxicants in his system according to the toxicology report.

The police department said that Bell, Jr. demanded the keys to the unidentified officer’s car. Police said the teenager had a gun, but his uncle said that an officer he knows told him that Bell never had a chance to pull it.

Videotape shows teen running away from cop
A blurry gas station videotape of the scene shows a figure running up to the officer’s car at the pump, then immediately running a good distance away towards the street, turning to face the officer and collapsing. Bell’s companion was later released without charges.


Bell, Sr. said he rode his bike to the scene and saw his son’s body directly behind the back of the officer’s car, not at the site shown in the videotape. He said the body lay there for five hours while police and coroner officials laughed and joked. Bell said the family plans to ask their pastors, the Rev. Jim Holley and the Rev. Keith Butler respectively, for assistance in obtaining justice for their nephew.

Bell, Sr. said his son had a “fascination with the streets” and was released from a youth detention facility only three weeks before he was killed. But he said that he was kind-hearted, and looked up to by the youth in the facility, many of whom attended his funeral at New Light Missionary Baptist Church.

DeAngelo, a friend of Bell, Jr’s., who asked that his last name not be used, said, “He was a good person who was trying to stay out of trouble, although he did get into it. He always talked to me and asked for guidance. It was just a tragedy. I don’t know why the officer to emptied his whole clip into him.”

Other police killings include:
- On July 14, police killed a man they claim emerged from a house at Indiandale and 14th streets, pointing a gun at them. They alleged that he and three others were involved in an earlier drive-by shooting and carjacking. They said they arrested the three others, and tracked the fourth man with a dog to the house where they killed him.


- On July 18, 35-year-old Robert Hill, backpack strapped on, rode his bicycle to an apartment building at Appoline and Buena Vista. Hill and his bicycle were rammed by a police car into another vehicle. The officers claimed that Hill pulled a gun, and when they ordered him to put it down, he pointed it at them and they shot him to death.

- On July 20, at 4:30 a.m., an off-duty Wayne County Deputy Sheriff shot two men, killing one, who allegedly began firing their guns into a southwest side party the sheriff was at. According to published reports, Victor Akrawi, owner of the house, said that the two men wore masks and that when he removed the mask on the dead man, who was from Clinton Township, he did not know who he was. No one at the party was hurt.

-On Dec. 26 last year, Rose Cobb was shot to death outside a CVS pharmacy on East Jefferson as she sat in her car, waiting for her husband, Detroit police Sgt. David Cobb, to come out of the store. Vincent Smothers, a self-admitted hit man, later confessed to the killing, saying that Cobb hired him to kill his wife, and that Cobb’s girl-friend’s son, Marzell Shawn Black was also involved. Black has also been charged, but Worthy refused to press charges against Cobb, despite police officials’ contention that they had enough evidence to charge him.

Worthy said, “We cannot comment on this matter due to an ongoing investigation regarding the death of Rose Cobb.”

Earlier cases
It is not uncommon, however, for the prosecutor’s office to claim an investigation is ongoing when it is actually over.



Police records showed that the case against officer Eugene Williams, who was moonlighting off-duty as store security when he shot 16-year-old Brandon Martell Moore in the back at the Bel-Aire mall in November, 2006, was closed in January, 2007. However, Worthy’s office continued to claim long afterwards that the investigation was ongoing.


Moore’s father, John Moore, Sr., said, “The investigation into my son’s case was incompetent and a decision was made too quickly. Williams had already shot his own wife and slammed a little boy at Cody High School into the wall. How can you pay someone to represent the people when they allow cops to get away with shooting us? Pretty soon, we’re going to start shooting back, and there’s going to be an all-out war.”


Williams also killed two other men previously while off-duty.

Worthy later refused to prosecute officers in the 2007 deaths of Jevon Royall, 30, outside his apartment complex on 12th and Euclid, and Artrell Dickerson, 18, outside the Cantrell funeral home, despite abundant eyewitness testimony that the killings were unprovoked.

Worthy refused to prosecute killer cop Eugene Brown
In March, the families of the three men killed by Officer Eugene Brown in 1994, 1996 and 1998 confronted Worthy’s representative James Gonzalez, chief of the homicide unit, with the recently-released results of the Shoulders Report investigation into Brown’s conduct. The Report recommended that Brown be charged in the killings. Gonzalez said their office had had the report all along.


In response to the families’ demands for charges, Worthy’s office issued this statement: “Under the previous two administrations, there were investigations into the shootings that involved former (sic) Detroit police officer Eugene Brown. All of these investigations resulted in no charges being brought against him. Since taking office, there has been no new evidence submitted to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy by any attorney or civilian.”

Arnetta Grable, Sr., mother of Lamar Grable, killed by Brown in 1996, later told Gonzalez that all his office needed to do was look at the civil trial transcripts in her son’s case, which showed conclusively that his killing was unjustified. The Grable family won a $6 million award in the case after both state appeals and the state Supreme Court upheld the verdict. The family of Darren Miller, killed in 1999, reached a $3 million settlement.











                   



Detroit Officer who Killed Unarmed 16-year-old has Killed two Others
Black Press USA -
by Diane Bukowski
Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Citizen
December 20, 2006

DETROIT — The Detroit police officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Brandon Moore at Detroit’s Bel-Air Mall Nov. 26 is Officer Eugene J. Williams.


A 35-year veteran of the force, Williams has killed two others during his tenure with the department, in 1971 and 1979.

Informed sources have independently identified Williams, whose badge number is 4174, although the police department has refused to do so while an investigation proceeds.

According to published articles and court records, Williams also shot and wounded his police officer wife in 1984 in a domestic dispute, and wrongfully knocked out four front teeth of an innocent 16-year-old Cody High School student in 1989.

“I want to address Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings,” said Moore’s father John Henry Moore, Sr. “Why is this man still on the force, after doing all this damage to people’s lives? If my son had shot him, he would be in jail or where he is now, deceased. Brandon was only starting his life, and he had a promising career, but this officer can still go home and take care of his family.”

Earlier reports indicated that the officer who shot the younger Moore was on administrative leave.

However, Williams answered the phone Dec. 12 at the Traffic Enforcement Unit on Mt. Elliott, where he is assigned. He would not confirm that he is the officer involved, but he did not deny it. He would not discuss whether he worked on or off-duty at the National Wholesale Liquidators store.

Moore was killed there after he and a group of friends were ejected from the store, got in a dispute with Williams, and then ran after the officer produced a gun.

“No, we don’t speak to people on the phone about things like this, according to department policy,” said Williams. He declined a personal interview.

Second Deputy Chief James Tate had not returned a call for comment about Williams before press time.

Bobby Pidgeon, a media spokesman for National Wholesale Liquidators, said the chain was waiting for the results of the police investigation in the case.

“We understand six young men attacked the off-duty officer,” said Pidgeon. He hung up when asked whether the officer was working for the chain at the time.

Desiree Stinson, a friend of the Moore family, said her children frequent the store and have seen Williams working there since Moore’s killing. A former 911 operator, she said that police department employees are not allowed to moonlight on security jobs because such jobs represent a conflict of interest.

The source who identified Williams said he did not have department permission to work at the store, which is required for any off-duty work.

“I don’t understand why he hasn’t been charged,” said Stinson.

“If it had been one of us, we would have been under the jail. But they figure it’s just another Black kid who’s probably a hoodlum. Now they’re finding out he was a good kid who had never been in trouble. Where is the outrage about a grown man shooting a kid in the back?”

According to a Detroit Free Press article published in 1984, Williams, who was hired in 1970, was fired from the Detroit police force in 1971 after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident while under the influence of alcohol.

After he appealed, the department reinstated him in 1974.

On June 5, 1979, Williams shot and killed 31-year-old Glenn C. Grace while off-duty, during a neighborhood dispute on the southwest side, according to a lawsuit filed by the Grace family. Grace was an auto mechanic with four children.

Both sides in the suit agreed that Grace and a friend, Lloyd Woolfolk, who was a Ford autoworker, had gone to the home of Carolyn Broadnax on Liebold, to confront her brother about an earlier ejection from a party.

Both sides also agreed that Grace was armed and under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, Williams provided one version of the killing. He said he was visiting Broadnax at the time and both were standing on her front porch when Grace shot at the house across the street. Grace then confronted the two on the porch, pulling out his gun and threatening to kill them.

Williams shot Grace in the head and shoulder, killing him.

In a different account of events, Woolfolk said the conversation he and Grace were having with Broadnax had taken a friendly turn, and that Grace never displayed or pulled his gun or threatened the two on the porch. He said Williams never identified himself as a police officer, instead crept behind Broadnax, and fired at Grace without warning.

Due to legal technicalities, a judge refused to admit a plaintiff’s witness list including Woolfolk, and the case appears to have been dismissed.

A city attorney defended Williams in the case.

On June 4, 1984, Williams shot his wife, Pamila Hatter Williams, in the side during a domestic dispute, according to the Detroit Free Press and court records involving their 1987 divorce. Her right leg was at least temporarily paralyzed as a result.

His wife was also a police officer who had been preparing to return to work along with 125 others called back from lay-off.

Williams was suspended with pay, but it is unclear whether he was ever charged in the incident. His wife said she used a pair of scissors to cut up William’s police uniform and never intended to harm him. Williams said she lunged at him with the scissors. His divorce records claimed it was a knife.

Williams sued his wife for divorce in 1987, and expelled her from their Rosedale Park home. Wayne County Register of Deeds records show that she quit claimed the home to him in 2004, and that there have been several tax liens on the property, including an IRS attachment of nearly $40,000. A contact number for Hatter Williams was unavailable.

In 1989, 16-year-old Robert Valentine was walking down the halls of Cody High School in Detroit, when Williams and his partner accosted him, according to a lawsuit filed by Antonia Walker. The officers mistakenly thought Valentine had been involved in the incident for which they had been summoned to the school. A school investigation later said he was not connected.

“Officer Eugene Williams took him, flung him head and face first against a wall, where plaintiff struck his face, mouth and head . . . breaking off four front teeth with the impact,” says the suit.

“Then he fell to the ground and was struck by the officers again without reason or provocation.”

The suit said Valentine was suspended but later readmitted after an investigation showed he had nothing to do with the original incident. The suit was dismissed after a settlement for an undisclosed amount.

For years, the Detroit Police Department has allegedly been developing a computerized system to monitor officers like Williams, who have had repeated incidents involving possible brutality.

The U.S. Justice Department monitor has also required that such a system be instituted. The most recent report available, however, indicates that the system is not operational.

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE


Eugene J. Williams:
-Fired from force in 1971 after a fatal hit-and-run accident while under the influence of alcohol. Reinstated 1974.



-Shot and killed 31-year-old Glenn C. Grace while off-duty, during a neighborhood dispute, June 5, 1979.


- Shot wife, Pamila Hatter Williams, in the side during a domestic dispute, June 4, 1984.


- Flung Cody student Robert Valentine against a wall, where he struck his face, mouth and head . . . breaking off four front teeth, 1989


- Killed 16-year-old Brandon Moore at Detroit’s Bel-Air Mall Nov. 26, 2006.