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Yale police chief suspended for no bulletproof vest

Associated Press

Yale — The mayor of a town in St. Clair County suspended the police chief for five days for failing to wear a bulletproof vest, a move that the chief argues undermines his authority.

Yale Chief Michael Redman said he wears the vest when he believes it’s “prudent.” But Mayor Richard Busch says that’s not good enough, calling it a safety issue, The Times Herald in Port Huron reported Tuesday.

“I did wear my vest when it was prudent,” Redman told Busch in a prepared speech delivered Monday at a city council meeting. “I’ve got 38 years of wearing my vest that way. Not once has anybody questioned my use when I’ve worn my vest. … Never once have I ever been disciplined for any job performance issues.”

Yale, population 2,000, is 65 miles northeast of Detroit. Yale is known for its annual bologna festival.

Many residents attended the council meeting in support of the chief. Former Mayor Jim Cronin suggested the suspension could be a “bullying exercise,” and said the suspension “embarrassed” the mayor’s office and community.

For his part, Busch said he wasn’t making “an unreasonable request,” and that he wants “all city employees to go home from work alive at night.”