Dearborn police officer investigated after allegation

The Detroit News

Dearborn’s Police chief said his department is investigating an officer for alleged misconduct.

Ron Haddad confirmed Friday night that a probe is underway but would not disclose details.

The chief’s remarks come in the wake of a WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) report claiming an officer had been suspended without pay after he was accused of groping a woman during a traffic stop.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office told the station a warrant request was being reviewed but would not corroborate the allegations since charges hadn’t been issued.

Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the office, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday night.

The officer investigation follows other high-profile probes involving Dearborn police.

In April, federal officials announced plans to review the Dearborn Police Department’s use of force policies as well as provide additional training to officers in the wake of two fatal shootings in the past year involving city police officers.

In January, a city officer fatally shot a Detroit woman outside of Fairlane Town Center.

Michigan State Police, which investigated the shooting, said Janet Wilson appeared to have tried to hit a security guard outside and a vehicle with a Chevrolet HHR, refused to stop for Dearborn police who tried to pull her over, then almost struck an officer while speeding away.

An officer pulled out a weapon and shot at her, state police said. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office determined her death was a homicide, the result of multiple gunshots.

On Dec. 23, Kevin Matthews, 35, an unarmed African-American man, was shot by a Dearborn police office.

Friends and family described Matthews as harmless and suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. However, Dearborn police said he went for an officer’s gun before he was fatally shot on Whitcomb on Detroit’s west side. Detroit Police are investigating that shooting.