A former Saginaw Police Officer Adam Collier was charged Tuesday with misconduct and two counts of assault.
It stems from a woman’s arrest back in July that led to his termination.
Attorney General Dana Nessel says there was two incidents where Collier hit this woman.
Once while she was handcuffed, and officers were trying to get her inside the patrol car. The other was at the Saginaw County jail, the woman spit on collier, he proceeded to hit her three times with a closed fist. She got knocked down, hit her head and fell unconscious.
“The immediacy of the action of the chief to terminate him and sharing with the community that the incident occurred. I think it was correct even for our local prosecutor’s office to forward this to a third party,” said Terry Pruitt from the Saginaw Chapter of the NAACP.
He says we can't cast all officers with the same brush and the quick actions of the chief show accountability and transparency.
“We continue to work to bridge the gap between community and police,” Pruitt said. “I think we’ve made some steps in that direction and this certainly affirms the work we’ve been doing in the community to try to get an understanding of how decisions are made and who’s accountable for them.”
“I would like to see a city where law enforcement is looked up on as protectors of the city and friends as opposed to some people who are not,” said Carl Williams with the NAACP.
Williams also works with Alpact, a group of advocates who work to mend the relationship and trust between police and the community.
“If people know ‘I’m going to be held accountable for my actions,’ then the more likely they’ll do all the things that are appropriate,” Williams said. “So, I have no problems asking and demanding accountability.”
That’s why he’s glad to see former Saginaw Police Officer Adam Collier being charged for his actions on July 11.
“The positive thing about all of it to me is it definitely opens up the conversation for both accountability and support both ways for the City of Saginaw,” Williams said.
He says to hold the police accountable is one thing, but they need the proper support as well. He gave me an example of another city trying to change the way mental health calls are handled.
“They have worked it out to make sure if such a call comes up, people who work in mental health go to see about the situation,” he said. “As opposed to what we have in most states where police are asked to deal with it when they really don’t have the training to do that.”