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Suspensions under way for Saginaw police officers

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Suspensions are under way involving four Saginaw police officers. The officers are accused of taking items during a raid in June.

Assistant City Manager Phil Ludos said the suspensions started on Sept. 4. He said all four police officers will not be suspended at the same time because of staffing concerns at the department.

"These officers used poor judgment, we investigated it and dealt with it appropriately," Ludos said.

The raid happened at a house on Adams Boulevard on June 20. The house is owned by the bank. Ludos said the officers violated policy when they failed to follow processing and evidence procedures.

"The allegations are very disappointing to myself and other members of the council and the city. It's just not acceptable behavior as far as our department is concerned," said Interim Saginaw Mayor Dennis Browning.

All four officers served on the Safe Streets Gang Task Force. City officials said the task force is now disbanded. It received supplemental funding from the FBI, but after the incident the FBI will no longer provide money for overtime and vehicles.

The Saginaw County Prosecutor reviewed the incident and did not find any criminal activity. The investigation is complete.

The city of Saginaw issued a statement that in part reads, "The discipline has resulted in a temporary reduction of patrol officers. Our internal investigation has determined that the handling and processing of evidence was in violation of departmental policies and procedures. This is an isolated incident and has no relevance to any other matters currently under review."

The city currently has 85 sworn officers; including 69 officers, 12 sergeants, three lieutenants and the interim police chief.

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