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‘Officer, You’re Under Arrest’: Tables Turned on 2 Dozen Detroit Cops

Arrest warrants, license expirations and license suspensions temporarily take police officers off the streets.

About two dozen police officers have been suspended until they can take care of unpaid parking tickets and other issues. (Screenshot: Detroit Police Department web site)
About two dozen police officers have been suspended until they can take care of unpaid parking tickets and other issues. (Screenshot: Detroit Police Department web site)

Nearly two dozen Detroit police officers will be suspended for an unspecified amount of time because they have outstanding arrest warrants, mostly for unpaid parking violations in the suburbs.

The warrants aren’t for criminal offenses, Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody told The Detroit News. The newspaper cited a police source who said 23 officers were suspended, a number Woody couldn’t confirm. In addition to parking violations, the offenses may also have involved a couple of moving violations, he said.

The officers are being suspended with pay until they take care of their legal obligations and get their licenses back. The suspensions followed a routine, biannual check of officers’ records. No felonies were involved and some of the suspended officers were driving with expired or suspended licenses.

“We can’t have people with suspended licenses driving city-owned vehicles, and we can’t have officers out there with outstanding arrest warrants,” he told the newspaper.

Woody said some of the suburban communities play hardball when tickets aren’t paid on a timely basis and issue warrants if a fine is late by even a day.


Jack Manning April 29, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Detroit Police Chief Craig says that no police officers have been suspended. It's Detroit, so I will believe him.
knee jerk April 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Detroit needs ROBOCOP again.
H. James Hulton III April 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Yes, those stupid cops should be suspended without pay for at least 30 days. Make it hurt like those idiot cops like to hurt the citizens they harass when they stop them for supposed violations. Cops are as crooked and on the take as the next guy. The Police Chiefs are no exception either. H. James Hulton III Blue Bell, PA
Harvey Goodhart April 30, 2014 at 05:21 PM
I see you are an asshole
Socio Economist May 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM
suspended with pay..... yeah I will get right on that in about 20 years just before I retire.

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