Hasty exit? Suspended probationary cop is likely to have ultra-short Detroit career

August 24, 2021, 8:24 AM

Whoosh could describe what seems likely to be brief service by a Detroit Police Academy graduate suspended for fighting in Greektown hours after getting his badge.

The unnamed rookie was arrested for disorderly conduct during a videotaped brawl outside a Greektown bar at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, city officials said Monday.

He still wore uniform pants from a Friday afternoon swearing-in ceremony with 22 other probationary officers, according to WDIV and Fox 2, which post the bystander video. It shows the off-duty officer punching another man before uniformed officers step in.

"In the video, you can see what looks like a police badge attached to his belt," Jessica Dupnack of Fox 2 reports.

Shawn Ley of WDIV says: "The arresting officers report that once he was in jail he was very disruptive and used profanity and racial comments."

Chief James White: "This will not be a heavy lift." (File photo)

"This will not be a heavy lift," Chief James White said Monday when asked whether the cop on paid suspension will be dismissed. In a statement quoted by the two stations, he adds: "I’m extremely disappointed in the behavior and actions of this probationary officer. His conduct does not represent the hard-working men and women of this department."

At the Campus Martius graduation Friday afternoon, Ley reports, White told the newcomers: "The department expects your best. The community expects your best. And this community deserves your best." 

Violence has marred Greektown nightlife repeatedly in recent months as bars are closing. In early August, video showed a Detroit police officer stunning a backing-away man with a face punch.

Read more:  WDIV

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