Police union fires back at city over suspended officers
By Jonathan Lowe, TV5 Anchor, Reporter - bio | email
Posted By Tom Plahutnik, Web Editor/Producer - email
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
A local Police Officers Association is at odds with city leaders.
It stems from an incident involving four officers who were suspended after accusations they stole items confiscated during a raid.
Now the police union is firing back at city leaders.
TV5 received a news release from the Police Officers Association of Michigan just after 8 a.m. Monday. It takes square aim at Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley, asking him to keep a personnel-related matter at the department private.
In part the statement says:
"The Saginaw city manager, in an effort to discredit the hard working professionals of the police department, has chosen to rely on unproven facts, innuendo, and speculation in the debate involving wrong doing by members of the department."
That statement is the result of a story TV5 first broke last Wednesday.
In a memo, city officials said four officers, who were members of the gang task force, mishandled items and evidence they confiscated during a raid at house back in June.
The allegation is that those four officers took some items home with them. City personnel officials informed the officers they would be suspended for five days without pay and taken off some special assignments.
Friday, TV5 talked with Assistant City Manager for Public Safety Phil Ludos, who said he believed the union would likely contest the allegations.
Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas said he would not be charging those officers criminally.
TV5 has calls out to Earley, as well as the police officers association.
>>Whatever statement they come back with, we will have that for you tonight beginning on TV5 News at 5.<<
The officers in question will be serving their suspensions over the course of this month. They will be suspended at different times to accommodate scheduling.
Stay with TV5 and WNEM.com for continuing coverage in this case.
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