DETROIT (AP) — Two police officers, including a lieutenant who worked in Detroit’s integrity unit, took bribes to break rules and steer cars to a favored towing company, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.
The charges are the latest in a federal investigation of Detroit’s towing procedures.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Two Stars With Motor City Ties Lighting Up Entertainment World
“I am profoundly disappointed with the crimes allegedly committed by members of the Detroit Police Department. … We hold ourselves to a high standard and these actions fall far short of those standards,” Chief James White said.
Lt. John Kennedy is accused of accepting more than $14,000 in cash, cars, and car repairs from a towing company as an undercover federal agent. The government said he was supposed to be investigating the towing company.
Officer Daniel Vickers accepted $3,400, according to the indictment.READ MORE: MDHHS Updates COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance For Michigan Schools
Kennedy and Vickers were charged with bribery and conspiracy. They were expected to appear in federal court Wednesday.
The evidence includes secretly recorded phone conversations. Kennedy and Vickers made referrals to a towing company that was not on the police department’s rotation list, according to the government.
It can be lucrative work: Towing companies can charge storage fees until a car is claimed and even sell a vehicle at auction after a certain period.
In September, a Detroit City Council member pleaded guilty to accepting $36,000 in bribes related to oversight of towing policy. Andre Spivey resigned.MORE NEWS: More Than 100 Michigan Schools Close Due To Copycat Threats After Oxford High Shooting
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