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I-Team: Internal report released on MIP incidents

Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Newschannel 3 I-Team has the report detailing an internal investigation at Kalamazoo Public Safety, sparked by our reporting back in June.

The department faced allegations of excessive force, abuse of power, and providing false information to get search warrants after raids at college parties last fall and spring.

Some of the claims came directly from the judge who threw out cases from the fall incident, saying police never should have gotten the search warrant that led to the arrests in the first place.

The I-Team learned that if any of the officers involved are facing discipline, it isn't listed among corrective actions anywhere in the report.

Since that is a personnel issue though, it likely wouldn't be released anyway.

The only allegation that carries no weight, according to the report, is that of excessive force.

Protocol for officer safety dictates firearms be drawn while serving a warrant, and weapons remain pointed at suspects until they fully comply with officer demands.

There is no hard evidence anywhere in the hours of video we've viewed throughout the investigation that anything more than that ever happened.

During the October incident at a home on Axtell, and the February incident at a home on Euclid, officers had to deal with noise violations, and apartments full of drunk, uncooperative, mainly underage students.

The officers got clearly frustrated, as evidenced by video, and the KDPS Department of Professional Standards says it "has determined that there were mistakes made in the preparation of the search warrant," in both instances.

But the report also states that "the City Attorney stated that it was a grammatical tense issue," and a problem with "boiler plate (language) in the search warrant," which made it appear to at least one judge that "officers presented intentionally misleading information."

"If we have to do things better, we're going to do things better," Chief Jeff Hadley told Newschannel 3 last month.

Since then, according to the report, "the boiler plate search warrant template was corrected and reviewed by the City Attorney's office."

Another issue, according to the report is, "none of the arrestees were given Miranda warnings prior to administering preliminary breath tests," saying "in both incidents, the reviewing supervisor failed to catch the Miranda/PBT/consent issues."

Nowhere, however, does it mention discipline or a corrective action plan for that error.

In an effort to prevent similar issues in the future, Chief Hadley met with Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting Thursday afternoon.
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