Warren’s Deputy Police Commissioner Matt Nichols, the number two official on the force, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations he used excessive force against a shoplifting suspect, the Macomb Daily reports.
Nichols, who has been the number two official for nearly 18 months, was suspended last week.
Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer tells Norb Franz of the Macomb Daily:
Nichols was present as three suspects were taken into custody July 18 in the parking lot of the Menard’s store on Van Dyke, south of 14 Mile Road. Later that day or the following morning, “several” officers reported to a supervisor that Nichols allegedly used excessive force against one of the suspected thieves, Dwyer said.
The officers were interviewed this week with a police union representative present in what is known as a Garrity hearing for public employees as part of the internal investigation.
“I don’t tolerate excessive force by any officer. If the allegations are true, I’m disappointed that a high-ranking officer – a deputy chief — would do that. I’m not saying he did it,” Dwyer said.
The suspect in the case complained of an injury and was treated at a hospital before being returned to the Warren Police lockup, the paper reported.