4 police officers accused of stealing during raid suspended - WNEM TV 5


Officers accused of stealing items during raid suspended

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UPDATE: TV5 talked with assistant city manager Phil Ludos on the phone Thursday morning.

He tells TV5 the police union will likely contest the allegations. Ludos also says the suspensions start this month and that the officers will be suspended at different times to accommodate scheduling.

The four Saginaw Police officers were members of the gang task force and they're accused of stealing items during a raid back in June.

According to a memo from the city, the officers will face a five-day unpaid suspension. The city immediately removed them from the gang task force.

At this time we don't know what they're accused of stealing -- only that they're accused of taking the things from a home on Adams boulevard.

TV5 has reached out to several city leaders for comment and interim police chief Brian Lipe told TV5 he could not comment. We are trying to get in touch with other officials today.

Ludos said the gang task force has disbanded. It received supplemental funding from the FBI.The FBI is no longer providing funding or vehicles for the task force.

Officials say they cannot make any further comment.

For the latest on this story, read TV5's newest post here.

WNEM TV5 has learned that four Saginaw Police officers are facing possible suspension.

City officials said the officers are accused of stealing items they confiscated during a raid at a house on June 20.

Allegedly the officers, who were members of the gang task force, took the items home with them while they were on city time.

City personnel officials informed the officers that they would be suspended for five days without pay and taken off some special assignments. But there's also word the officers may be fighting that suspension.

The officers in question are identified as Steve Lautner, Oscar Lopez, James Hildebrant and Douglas Wortley, the Police Officer's Union President.

TV5 received a copy of the discipline notice issued to the officers and it reads in part:

Your poor judgment and inappropriate conduct will result in a five day unpaid suspension from your job. In addition to the suspension the following conditions will be imposed:

1. You are immediately removed form the Gang Task Force.

2. You will not be allowed to apply or be considered for any other special assignments with the Saginaw Police Department for two years from the date of this suspension.

3. You will be immediately removed from the Emergency Services Team.

The notice states that both the Michigan State Police and Saginaw Police Internal Affairs department investigated the incident.

At last check there are 51 officers on the force in Saginaw. Counting these four and six other officers who were suspended for their role in the shooting death of Milton Hall, about 20 percent of the force has been suspended for face suspension in the past three months.

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