Cops Allegedly Use Off-Hours To Rob, Beat Up Citizens

Detroit off-duty cops accused of posing as police officers to rough up locals.Police officers have tough jobs. In Detroit, it is especially tough, as the city has gone into bankruptcy and faces crippling poverty and violent crime rates that are five times the national average. But according to the local Fox outlet, WJBK, two sergeants in the Detroit metropolitan area -- one of whom was the recipient of a distinguished service award -- allegedly went rogue while off-duty, flashing their badges and roughing up two men, then walking off with the men's wallets.

According to news reports, the two officers -- one with the Detroit department and another who works in the suburb of St. Clair Shores -- allegedly used their badges and guns to threaten two other men at a Citgo gas station on the east side of Detroit. While in plain clothes, the sergeants allegedly assaulted the men and walked off with their cellphone and wallets. The sergeants -- whose identities have been withheld -- were arrested Saturday, but were released Monday as charges were yet to be formally filed.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig told The Detroit Free Press that a local resident took a picture of the incident (seen above), which helped members of the Detroit police identify their fellow officers last weekend.

What would motivate a pair of policemen, who have a combined 37 years of service, to become muggers? According to WJBK, the daughter of the St. Clair Shores sergeant was recently robbed herself, and her father purportedly was going after those responsible. In trying to nab her alleged robbers, the St. Clair Shores officer reportedly was aided by a fellow sergeant with whom he had attended the police academy.

A lawyer for the St. Clair Shores sergeant said that he was confident his client would be cleared of wrongdoing. "These are two highly decorated police officers. They're not rogue cops. They're not cops out on the street trying to take down innocent people," attorney Todd Flood told the WJBK. "There is going to be a totally different story to this case," he added. Flood also questioned whether the photos actually showed badges around the officers' necks.

The two men who were reportedly targeted by the officers have not made any statements to the media and also have not been named.

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The prosecutor's office for Wayne County has promised a full investigation. But it's still not clear what charges the officers might face, as the local ABC outlet WXYZ reported.

For its part, the St. Clair Shores department said in a statement that it's "premature" to discuss the matter. In speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Craig noted, "there is no evidence to support that both sergeants were involved in any other police impersonation cases."

For Craig, the incident at the gas station might be the least of his problems. After being tapped as Detroit's top cop on July 1, he's already fired three high-ranking officials for alleged wrongdoing; one was accused of sending sexually suggestive texts to a female worker, according to the Detroit Free Press. And due to the city of Detroit's bankruptcy, lieutenants and sergeants will be seeing a 10 percent pay cut.

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Have you thought it might be the usual crap,misleading journalism at Huff or Yahoo?

August 06 2013 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, show their faces

August 05 2013 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED that police officers would be involved in such criminal behavior! Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And as time passes here in the USA...the power of the police, or "political enforcers," seems to grow and grow...and we read more and more of such stories.

August 05 2013 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Trickle down anarchy! When the top does not follow any rules, those down the chain learn the new game very quickly... Isn't that right Mr. bill, and Mr wiener?

August 03 2013 at 12:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Where's RoboCop when you need him. Remember in the movie Detroit was Bankrupt? HMMMMMMMMMM

August 02 2013 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Badge makes it OK.

August 02 2013 at 8:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

that's their tale, i'm sitting on mine

August 02 2013 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So, why are their names being withheld?

August 02 2013 at 7:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Follow the law or get busted like the rest of us.

August 02 2013 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What the Fck wrong with yoU??.

August 02 2013 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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