Six Detroit police officers have been suspended amid a bribery investigation that is taking a deeper look into towing practices involving stolen cars.
The officers are facing allegations that they took bribes from collision shops and towing companies that provided them with money in exchange for work, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Its alleged the six officers were making as much as $500 per bribe – that’s how much a collision shop pays a police officer who convinced the owner of a stolen car to send their car to a particular collision shop, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“As we understand one of the officers was assigned to an abandoned car detail,” said Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association, Fox 2 Detroit reported. “Another officer assigned to traffic enforcement. In general, the officers were in regular patrol capacities.”
The officers have been suspended with pay, and its not yet clear whether or not theyll be criminally charged.
Anytime you have allegations, they are just that, Diaz said, according to WXYZ Detroit. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our officers will continue to go out and protect the public. Thats what we do.
It`s unclear it the six officers in question were working together, as they were each stationed at different precincts across the city, WXYZ noted.
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