The Detroit PD was well aware of Officer Bridges violent tendencies. On February 25, 2006 Officer Bridges beat Olden Medley unconscious. Bridges was not even reprimanded by the department, although the City of Detroit later paid a settlement to Medley for the assault. [ See below]
Detroit police chief calls recent spurt of criminal allegations against officers 'an anomaly'
By Gus Burns
March 07, 2014 at 5:48 PM
Updated March 07, 2014 at 6:07 PM
DETROIT, MI -- Detroit Police Chief James Craig calls recent criminal allegations made against three of his officers, the latest charges of criminal sexual assault filed against Officer Deon Nunlee, concerning, but not the norm.
Earlier this week, Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges was accused of detaining and beating a woman, with whom he'd been drinking earlier on the night of March 3, and firing a gun into the air inside a residence.
On Sunday, Detroit Police Officer Dana Bond, 41, who was already suspended without pay because prior retail fraud charges, is accused of crashing into another vehicle while drunk, injuring two passengers and attempting to flee the scene.
"I'm troubled, certainly this is the type of criminal misconduct that should never happen by any member of this department, or any department for that matter," Craig said while addressing the sexual assault allegations. "I view this as an anomaly; this is certainly is not a trend."
Nunlee, hired by the department in 2008, is accused of responding to the home of a woman claiming she had been assaulted by her boyfriend after 2 a.m. on Oct. 30.
The Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's Office says Nunlee took the woman away from his partner and the suspect to an upstairs room of the home on the 16000 block of Asbury in Detroit.
Craig said the partner properly separated the individuals, but improperly lost "line of sight" with one another, something Craig said is improper procedure.
Police are not saying exactly what happened next, but the domestic violence victim, whose boyfriend was being arrested downstairs, says she was sexually assaulted.
According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Nunlee told the woman he'd be returning at 7 a.m., for what the department did not disclose.
Commander Johnny Thomas of the Process Standards Bureau, the section that reviewed the allegations, said the officer never returned to the house.
The department was notified of the alleged crime later the same morning and took the woman to the hospital for a "rape-kit" examination.
Thomas said Nunlee was placed on "Admin.-no gun" duty, which is basically paid desk duty, until the collected DNA, which was sent to the state police Crime Lab immediately after collection, according to Thomas, returned on Feb. 10 and was confirmed to be the officer's, at which time Nunlee was suspended without pay.
Although Detroit police claim the forensic results were received Feb. 10, state police spokesman Shanon Banner said the Crime Lab records show results were release more than two weeks earlier in Jan. 22.
He is now charged with three counts of second-degree criminal sexual assault, sexual assault with intent to penetrate and misconduct in office.
He paid $5,000, 10 percent of the judge-ordered $50,000 surety bond, and was released after his arraignment Friday.
Nunlee has some "minor" infractions in his disciplinary file, "but nothing near this degree," Thomas said Friday. He did not know the nature of the other infractions.
Craig said the recent spurt of alleged crimes committed by police is significantly impacting the public's perception.
"This is not what our police officers do ... it does not represent the 2,500 or so sworn men and women who wear this shade of blue," Craig said. "I think the majority of the public has a great deal of trust and respect in the department."
Detroit Police Officer Faces Assault Charges
Friday, March 7
(Detroit, MI) -- A Detroit police officer is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a woman inside a Detroit home. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says Officer Johnny Bridges was drinking with the 31-year-old female victim on March 3rd when the two got into an argument. Bridges allegedly fired his handgun into the air and then proceeded to punch and kick the woman. He faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, domestic violence and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Off-duty Detroit police officer punched, kicked woman in face, body, prosecutor says
3:49 PM, March 5, 2014
Detroit Free Press
A Detroit police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman acquaintance while he was off-duty, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.
Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, domestic violence and reckless discharge of a firearm and is expected to be arraigned today, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Prosecutors said the incident occurred about 1:45 a.m. Monday when Bridges was off duty. According to the prosecutor’s office, he and a 31-year-old woman were drinking and began arguing and at some point, Bridges fired a handgun into the air. Prosecutors said he punched and kicked the woman in the face and the body.
“The victim was clothed in only a t-shirt when she managed to escape from the location by breaking out a front window,” according to the prosecutor’s office. “She ran to a nearby restaurant where the employees immediately assisted her by providing clothing and calling 911. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.”
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Rick Baker · Top Commenter · Wayne State University. With all the criminal cops, judges & politicians, how can anybody else be expected to respect the law. March 5 at 2:15pm
Vera Powers · Top Commenter .all law enforcers are not criminals. that's no excuse maybe,he needs help.as for the lady i am sorry she had to go through that abuse.stressful situation is a possibility for the officer i wish them both well.this is no time to be losing one's job.the whole city is in a mess moneywise,so they say. March 6 at 8:22am
Rick Baker · Top Commenter · Wayne State University.Vera Powers, Maybe they all are not criminals, but why is it nearly every day there is a story about a police officer, judge or politician caught up in some sort of scandal? It's obviously not a rare occurrence anymore. March 6 at 8:37am
Amanda Zdrodowski · Top Commenter · Walsh College. Is it any wonder why people are so negative towards police?? If you do not want to protect and serve, then run for a political office!March 5 at 3:19pm
Elizabeth May Hamlin Shelton · Top Commenter · Wayne, Michigan. Touche'! March 5 at 4:57pm
John Channell. they will accidentally misplace the paperwork n it will cause a mistrial. March 5 at 2:30pm
Robert Clos · Top Commenter. I do not claim any of this behavior should be condoned . But Cops and Veterans have a high rate of PTSD . Instead of getting help , because they are the protectors , ect. A lot of them turn to other means , drinking , ect . The Vets are really combating suicides . There is help out there for everyone . March 5 at 4:48pm
Kendrick Carroll · Top Commenter · SC4 . don't sully the names of good selfless people who served overseas by comparing them to self-serving children with tin badges! not even the same sport sir. March 5 at 8:07pm
Andre Ventura · Follow · Top Commenter · Farmington High School . Oops the cop wasn't on the clock, so he can't justify his normal brutality? March 5 at 3:18pm
Andre Ventura · Follow · Top Commenter · Farmington High School
Oops the cop wasn't on the clock, so he can't justify his normal brutality? March 5 at 3:18pm
Erik Xavier Williams · Top Commenter. If he had been on duty. She would have been charged with resisting arrest and assualting a police officer and this would have been a non story. It happens all the time thru out the states. March 5 at 10:48pm
John Garlington · Key West Community College. I smell cover-up already. March 5 at 1:59pm
Mike Keizer · Top Commenter · Works at Disc Golf . Sorry lady, but he's the police and you have to do what he says. March 5 at 2:05pm
Joey Torres · Follow · Top Commenter · Kansas City, Missouri . "To protect and serve"...his buzz. March 5 at 4:10pm
Tracey M. Martin · Follow · Top Commenter. Wild Times in the D for off-duty DPD? March 5 at 7:11pm
Steven Kenneth Dest · Top Commenter · Northeaster HS. One of Detroits finest Police lowered their standards what do you expect.? March 5 at 6:12pm
Sheila Underwood · Top Commenter · Wayne State University To protect and service. March 5 at 3:14pm
Lenann Massey · Top Commenter · Indianapolis, Indiana. What a POS!! March 5 at 2:12pm
Ken Franks · Top Commenter · Farmington Hills, Michigan . Just a day on the range...the big D. No ? this case will get knocked down to a common misdemeanor - "Hell, just busted the bitches face in...whas' up?". Just a day in da' houd. March 5 at 2:44pm
Edwin Denby · Follow · Top Commenter · Detroit, Michigan. Ken, In your rush to ignorance, maybe you should wait on the facts to roll out. It could be your neighbor in Suburbia who is the Officer... March 5 at 5:55pm
Walden Schmidt · Top Commenter. Did they move the Pasadena, Davison and Nickey D's to the suburbs? Spin again. March 5 at 6:53pm
Tom Hunter · Top Commenter · No place of importance. Ok, so letting this guy become a Police Officer was obviously a mistake. Right? March 5 at 9:56pm
Carlos Gaither · Top Commenter · Works at State of Michigan. She resisted arrest!!! March 5 at 5:19pm
Ken Franks · Top Commenter · Farmington Hills, Michigan. bsdfbdsfb. March 5 at 2:40pm
Detroit Cop Charged With Firing Gun During Fight With Woman, Leaving Her Battered
March 5, 2014 2:31 PM
CBS News - Detroit
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) After allegedly firing his gun and assaulting a female companion to the point she leapt out a window, a Detroit police officer was charged with assault.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges Wednesday against Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, in connection with the assault of a 31- year-old woman at a home in Detroit.
Worthy said at about 1:45 a.m. march 3 Bridges was off-duty when he and the victim had an argument while both were drinking alcohol.
“At some point during the argument Bridges fired a handgun into the air,” Worthy said in a press release, adding, “Bridges assaulted the victim by punching and kicking her face and body.”
Wearing only a T-shirt in sub-zero temperatures, the victim escaped by breaking out the front window and running away. She ran to a nearby restaurant where the employees immediately assisted her by providing clothing and calling 911.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is in stable condition, police said.
After an investigation by the Detroit police, Bridges was arrested on the same day. He has been charged with: unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, domestic violence and reckless discharge of a firearm.
On February 25, 2006 Officer Bridges beat Olden Medley unconscious.