Michigan

Multiple Officers Injured After Responding to Mall Brawl

At least 5 police officers were injured - with one officer to possibly miss several weeks of work - after responding to a call of several teenagers fighting at the Southland Mall in Taylor, MI over the weekend.

After officers responded to the call for service, several teenage suspects allegedly turned on the officers and began fighting with them.

Read more about the story HERE.

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve by donating or joining now! Americans in Support of Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization and your donations help keep us up and running.

Player Quits NFL to Join Police Force

Cam Gordon;  Photo: via ESPN.com

Cam Gordon; Photo: via ESPN.com

NFL linebacker Cam Gordon, who previously played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, made a decision recently to hang up his football pads for a career in law enforcement. 

Gordon, 25, had recently been cut by the Chiefs when he decided that he wanted to pursue another career with meaning.

Gordon said, "I came to the realization that I just wasn’t performing the way that I once was."

He then added, “So I said, ‘What is another career that will allow me to have an impact, have influence on younger kids and also leave behind a positive legacy?’ Instantly, state trooper, law enforcement, jumped into my mind.”

Gordon applied for and was recently accepted into the next Michigan State Police training academy. 

Gordon still has a long way to go before hitting the streets as a State Trooper; however, here's wishing him luck in his new career.

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve by donating or joining now! Americans in Support of Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization and your donations help keep us up and running.

Suspect Throws Drink in Officer's Face, Attempts to Disarm Him Prior to Arrest

Matthew Timothy Warren;  Photo: Chesterfield Police Dept. 

Matthew Timothy Warren; Photo: Chesterfield Police Dept. 

A Michigan man allegedly threw a drink in an officer's face and attempted to disarm him on Monday, authorities said.

The incident unfolded at a Chesterfield Township Panera Bread when a Chesterfield police officer responded to a call of a disorderly male who had become belligerent with employees.

When the officer arrived, the suspect, identified as 37-year old Matthew Timothy Warren, allegedly threw a drink in the officers face and charged him.

During the assault, Warren allegedly tried to disarm the officer.

Warren was eventually taken into custody and booked on multiple charges, including assault, resisting arrest, and attempting to disarm a police officer.

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve by donating or joining now! Americans in Support of Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization and your donations help keep us up and running.

 

Michigan Deputy Dies After Fall From Horse During Memorial Day Parade

Deputy Michael Winter;  Photo: Branch County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Michael Winter; Photo: Branch County Sheriff's Office

A Branch County, MI Sheriff's Dept. Deputy has died from injuries sustained after he fell from his horse during a Memorial Day parade on Monday. 

Sheriff's Deputy Michael Winter, 39, was riding his horse during the parade but fell and hit his head after the horse was spooked by a noise.

Deputy Winter suffered a massive brain injury and died a day later.

Branch County Sheriff John Pollack said, "The Branch County Sheriff's Office wishes to express their deepest sympathy to the family of deputy Winters. He will be greatly missed by all of us, his co-workers and fellow law enforcement family. We shall always remember him for his service to his country, to the Branch County Sheriff's Office and to his family.”

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve by donating or joining now! Americans in Support of Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization and your donations help keep us up and running.

Flint, MI Teen Who Shot at Police Will Avoid State Prison, Judge Orders

Photo: Thomson/Reuters via businessinsider.com

Photo: Thomson/Reuters via businessinsider.com

A Flint, Michigan teenager who opened fire on police officers in 2015 will avoid state prison and instead be placed in the state's juvenile justice system, a judge ordered on Tuesday.

The incident unfolded on June 21, 2015 after officers engaged a group of teenagers in a vacant lot. After identifying themselves as police officers, the group of teens took off running; however, one of the teens began firing a weapon toward the officers.

None of the officers were injured in the event.

A subsequent investigation revealed that a 15-year old suspect was the shooter. He was eventually taken into custody.

After pleading guilty to the crime, Judge Judith Fullerton remanded him into the custody of Michigan's juvenile system.

The teen's sentence is considered "blended," and he can be placed into the state prison system if the judge deems him to not be rehabilitated by his 21st birthday.

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve by donating or joining now! Americans in Support of Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization and your donations help keep us up and running.

Bay City, Michigan Cop Named Officer of the Year

Officer Brandon Murphy;  Photo: via mlive.com

Officer Brandon Murphy; Photo: via mlive.com

A Bay City, MI police officer, shot and wounded earlier in the year, has been named one of Michigan's Officers of the Year. 

The award was given on Thursday to Bay City police officer Brandon Murphy. Officer Murphy had responded to a call of a home invasion in early February, where he tracked a suspect's footprints through the snow.

After confronting the suspect, 17-year old Jacob Haglund, the suspect pulled a handgun and opened fire on Officer Murphy, striking him in the hip. Officer Murphy returned fire, mortally wounding Haglund. 

In his acceptance speech, Officer Murphy said, "This has not been easy, but as a police officer we're trained to be prepared for the worst." 

He continued, "I did not allow this incident to turn me bitter, but I'm allowing this event to turn something into good."

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve by donating or joining now! Americans in Support of Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization and your donations help keep us up and running.

Illinois Officer Wounded in Shootout With Suspected Shoplifter

An Illinois police officer attempting to take a suspected shoplifter into custody was shot and wounded during a struggle over the officer's gun on Thursday.

Officers were called to a Lansing strip mall over a man reportedly shoplifting from an Ultra grocery store. When they confronted the man, identified as 43-year old Warren Christian, he allegedly tried to grab an officer's gun.

During the struggle the officer was shot in the lower leg. The suspect was also shot and died as a result of his injuries.

The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve by donating or joining now! Americans in Support of Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization and your donations help keep us up and running.

 

44 Years After Trooper's Death, Portion of U.S. 12 to be Renamed in His Honor

Trooper Steven DeVries;  Photo: odmp.org

Trooper Steven DeVries; Photo: odmp.org

Almost 44 years after Michigan State Trooper Steven DeVries was gunned down after pulling over a suspected bank robber, a portion of U.S. 12 in Michigan will be renamed in his honor.

Trooper DeVries, 32 at the time of his death, left behind a wife and two young children, a loss that has impacted those he left behind for over four decades.

"You don’t ever really get over it," said his widow Dena Enders.

The renaming of a portion of U.S. 12, though 44 years after Trooper DeVries death, is a reminder that although his sacrifice came many years before, his memory has not been forgotten among a community and those whose lives he impacted.

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve by donating or joining now! Americans in Support of Law Enforcement is a nonprofit organization and your donations help keep us up and running.

Michigan Woman Sentenced to One Year in Jail After Striking Officer With Vehicle

Breianna Smart;  Photo: Auburn Hills  Police Department

Breianna Smart; Photo: Auburn Hills  Police Department

In October, Breianna Smart was accused of striking an Auburn Hills, MI police officer with her vehicle door and slamming him into his patrol car as she tried to flee from the officer.

The incident was caught on the officer’s dash-cam video. 

The officer, Martin Mikolajczak, had been trying to give Smart a ticket for driving on a suspended license. He has since recovered from his injuries and returned to work.

On Friday, Smart apologized as she pled no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer, fleeing, and eluding, among others. 

Apologies aside, Smart was not spared incarceration as she was sentenced to one-year in jail by Judge Hala Jarbou, who said that Smart, “showed complete disrespect for law enforcement.”

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve. Your $10 donation helps keep Americans in Support of Law Enforcement running.

Obama Executive Order Set to Strip Michigan Police of Armored Vehicle Just Days After San Bernardino Massacre

Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin

In a case of particularly bad timing, an Obama administration executive order recalling surplus military equipment being used by state and local police is about to strip Michigan law enforcement of an armored vehicle it has utilized for over a decade.

Earlier this year, President Obama ordered the recall of, among other items, tracked vehicles being used by law enforcement that were obtained through the federal government's 1033 Program. 

That program has allowed domestic law enforcement to obtain surplus military equipment, such as armored vehicles.

The president’s unilateral decision was largely seen as a reaction to public criticism of the so-called “militarized” police response to protests in Ferguson, MO and elsewhere.

Counties surrounding Detroit are now set to return a tracked, armored vehicle they had been using for over a decade, and law enforcement officials are not pleased with the turn of events.

“It really upsets me. We have a great asset. We have not abused it and in just a blanket order we can no longer have it,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.

The return of the armored vehicle comes just days after a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA. highlighted how vital it is for local law enforcement to have the proper equipment needed to combat 21st century threats.

The suspects in San Bernardino employed long guns and tactical body armor. Law enforcement in that case relied heavily on armored vehicles and other appropriate equipment to neutralize those suspects. 

A similarly dangerous active shooter situation unfolded only a week earlier in Colorado Springs, CO.

Given the changing threat dynamic facing state and local law enforcement, exemplified by not only the massacre in San Bernardino but also the deplorable act of terror in Paris last month, now is not the time to take needed equipment away from the men and women who will be on the front lines protecting our communities.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said, “We're actually taking away a proven asset from law enforcement all over the country, destroying on many levels our ability to handle a very big situation, any situation like Paris. Those are going to be handled by the local police and this is the type of equipment needed."

-SUPPORTINGCOPS.ORG

Help support the men and women who protect and serve. Your $10 donation helps keep Americans in Support of Law Enforcement running.