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Dozens protest Hampton Township officer

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HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) - From tears, to outrage.

Dozens packed the Hampton Township board room to express their anger with officer Johnny May.

"There is an officer who needs to be stopped," said Jennifer Dial, a woman who showed up to express her outrage. "He is dangerous, he is a menace to society."

The real question: is it menacing, or just proactive policing?

Residents spoke about over-eager traffic stops, and some even claimed to see Officer May watching their houses.

"If we get their information, we'll investigate them, and if our officer has done wrong, if any of our officers have done wrong, we will deal with that," said Chief Gerald Runde.

Runde said they've looked into some of the claims and that they were unfounded.

He also addressed the speculation that May had been fired from two previous jobs, claims refuted tonight by the multiple agencies that showed up to support him.

"Was John May fired from or run out of Bay City? He was not," said Runde.

But no matter the outcome, demonstrators said, it's a chance for the township to lead.

"Hampton Township has an opportunity to set an example," said Dial.

The Township Board did not make a decision Monday about the future of May.
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