Attorney: Oakley PD operating illegally - WNEM TV 5

Attorney: Oakley PD operating illegally

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Another day and another lawsuit in one mid-Michigan community where a police department is accused of operating illegally. 

The latest suit comes after leaders in the village of Oakley voted to temporarily disband its police force, but in the wake of that vote officers continue to patrol the streets and enforce laws.

"This is the most dysfunctional town I have ever seen," attorney Phil Ellison said.

The small town of Oakley had nearly as many police officers as it did residents. Now it's supposed to have none.

"I am filing a lawsuit because the police department is operating illegally," Ellison said.

He filed the lawsuit in the Saginaw County district court because he said Oakley police officers are breaking the law.

"They do not have the authority to be policing that village," he said.

Last week,  village trustees voted to oust the police force after learning they were unable to obtain liability insurance.

According to Ellison, that is why the Oakley Police Department is no longer active.

The small town drama began months ago when it was discovered the police chief was handing out reserve police badges in exchange for donations to the village. 

After being sued for not releasing the names of the reserve officers the village lost its insurance. 

On Friday however, Chief Robert Resnick said he got his own insurance policy. But Ellison said trustees have no idea where Resnick got the money to pay for it. Also, the village did not vote to reinstate the police and that should make the move illegal in the eyes of the law.

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