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Documents: Officers were concerned of violence in station over relationship

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We're breaking down more information regarding an internal investigation involving two now former Battle Creek police officers.

Newschannel 3 obtained the more than 100-page police report detailing the evidence that led to the firings of former Deputy Chief Jim Saylor and Inspector Maria Alonso.

Officers were concerned violence might erupt with in their own police station.

The documents show a very hostile situation was brewing inside the Battle Creek Police Department, mostly as a result of the relationship between Deputy Chief Saylor and Inspector Alsono.

Both were let go from the department last week.

In the documents members of the department said their relationship was having a negative impact on BCPD.

They used words like "wrong," "inappropriate," "a mockery," "unprofessional" and said "the gossip is like a poison vine" within the department.

Letters to both Saylor and Alonso from Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole on April 29th list multiple reasons for their terminations, including violating department policy by having an affair, remotely wiping their city-issued i-Pads while on paid leave and creating a hostile work environment.

It appears many officers within BCPD had concerns about the hostile work environment.

In multiple pages in the documents unnamed officers make their concerns known.

One said: "I use this analogy, we do have a cancer in our agency... she - meaning Inspector Alonso - has control over the deputy chief in such a negative way that she's controlling the whole agency."

Others expressed concerns that there could be a domestic situation with in the department.

One officers is quoted saying: "We had concerns that something might happen at the station. It wasn't taken lightly among us. These things can turn deadly."

During his interview on the matter former Police Chief Jackie Hampton said the situation was unique because of the their positions within the department.

When asked if he realized there could be a potential domestic situation he responded "yes, of course."

Now that all of this information is public the new interim police chief tells us he hopes the department can move on.

"This has been a distraction it's been a necessary distraction, but I think we have some positive trajectory as we move forward into the future," said Interim Chief Jim Blocker.

We have reached out to Attorney Michael Pitt for his reaction to these documents. He has not returned our calls.

This is something we will be staying on top of and we will keep you updated.