3 Detroit cops are suspended


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Vernal45
June 10, 2005, 01:00 AM
3 Detroit cops are suspended
BY AMBER HUNT MARTIN
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

June 9, 2005


One is accused of pointing a gun at a man who had poured pop on his car. Another was allegedly smoking crack cocaine. A third tested positive for marijuana use -- for the third time, police said.


All three are Detroit cops.


Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings recommended May 26 that the officers be suspended without pay on allegations that each broke the law. The Board of Police Commissioners concurred on the officers accused of the gun pointing and the marijuana use. The third, Officer Vicki Bailey, has been suspended with pay while police consider filing another allegation against her -- drunken driving.


"We set our goals and principles very high in this department," said police spokesman James Tate. "If someone within our personnel violates the policies of the Detroit Police Department or commits behavior that could be interpreted as illegal, then appropriate action must be taken.


"We have hundreds of dedicated men and women who go out every day and provide first-rate service. These are definitely anomalies."


John Goldpaugh, a lawyer for the Detroit Police Officers Association, said the punishments are premature.


"This has nothing to do with getting rid of bad officers," Goldpaugh said Wednesday. "This is more of a battle on what has to occur and what these officers' rights are. They do have rights."


Former Police Chief Jerry Oliver changed how officers suspected of crimes are disciplined. When Oliver took over in 2002, he began suspending officers for accusations that previously wouldn't have resulted in immediate discipline.


"I don't think that anybody wants to have a bad officer on this department," Goldpaugh said, "but now we have a system in place where just unilaterally we're taking away due-process rights."


So far, just one of the officers, Douglas McDonald, has been criminally charged. According to a report presented to the commissioners, McDonald was off duty and driving in the 16800 block of Monica on Nov. 8 of last year when someone dumped a can of pop on his personal vehicle.


Police say McDonald got out of the car, flashed his badge, then pulled an automatic handgun from his waistband and ordered the person to clean his car. The person refused and contacted authorities.


After an investigation by the department's internal affairs section, McDonald was arraigned May 24 on charges of felonious assault and using a firearm to commit a felony. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.


McDonald didn't return phone calls seeking comment Wednesday.


Goldpaugh said the union won't contest the suspension, at least until the case works its way through the court system.


Bully-Cummings also recommended that Bailey be suspended without pay on allegations she was caught smoking crack in her car by Inkster police May 24.


During a search of Bailey's car, police alleged they found a brown paper bag with crack and crack paraphernalia.


Bailey's mother, Ella Bailey, said Wednesday that her daughter is being railroaded.


"She worked for that department for three years in narcotics," Ella Bailey said. "They used her, then they dumped her."


Officer James Sheely, who is accused of testing positive for marijuana in a May 5 departmental drug screening, was suspended without pay.


The union is fighting his suspension.


Contact AMBER HUNT MARTIN at 313-222-2708 or hunt@freepress.com.

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beerslurpy
June 10, 2005, 01:10 AM
During a search of Bailey's car, police alleged they found a brown paper bag with crack and crack paraphernalia.
I guess that will teach those cops not to keep open coffee cans in their cars.

I have to admit I am not terribly surprised. Detroit cops dont really have a shining reputation. I think someone in the 70s did IQ tests on the various police departments. Detroit came out with an average score of 50 I think. Not exaggerating.

c_yeager
June 10, 2005, 03:39 AM
A third tested positive for marijuana use -- for the third time, police said.

third time?

THIRD TIME?????

That means that he got two free positives and WAS STILL A COP?

We set our goals and principles very high in this department

sure ya do.

peacefuljeffrey
June 10, 2005, 03:47 AM
Sorta makes one glad for the high crime rate in Detroit. With a little luck, these crap cops, the ones on drugs or drunk, might be the first to get whacked by some banger, since their skills are probably not up to scratch like the NON-crackhead cops on the force. :rolleyes:

Seriously, this kind of cop serves the public better by having a big, expensive police funeral than being on the public tit, abusing the public and the public trust, all the while committing crimes.

-Jeffrey

TarpleyG
June 10, 2005, 09:18 AM
Why "suspend" these jackasses? If my employer found out I was using crack or found crack and paraphenalia in my car, they'd probably fire me. Cops have it way too easy sometimes I think. One of my best friends is a cop and he was caught 'stealing' comp time so they just suspended him for a couple of days. He should've been canned. I love the guy to death but what he knowingly did was just plain wrong and was essentially stealing from the city he works for and its citizens.

Greg

enfield
June 10, 2005, 10:13 AM
The previous chief mentioned in the article, Oliver, was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport with an unregistered handgun in the sterile area. That's why he's the previous chief.

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