BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - The Battle Creek police chief is responding to allegations from a Battle Creek police officer against the department.
On Thursday, Battle Creek City Commissioner Jeff Domenico told 24 Hour News 8 he was approached by an officer who was concerned about his safety.
That officer, Domenico and Commissioner Dave Walters then drafted a letter together asking the Michigan Attorney General's Office to investigate.
In that letter, the anonymous officer alleges he has witnessed " excessive force, evidence destruction and internal cover-ups in crime reporting."
The officer goes on to say, " While I have attempted to notify the leadership of both the police department and city officials responsible in employee oversight; I have been met with death threats and lack of backup during investigations."
On Friday, Chief Jackie Hampton says the claims are baseless and he is frustrated that Domenico never came to him or staff with the concerns.
The AG's office declined to investigate and directed Domenico to the Michigan State Police.
In order to learn what the issues were, Hampton's department was forced to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain correspondence between the Attorney Generals' office and the commissioner.
Hampton says he has called the FBI and asked for an investigation in order to see if the allegations are true.
When asked what, if anything, the FBI can do to help with the situation, Hampton responded, "Nothing actually, but you know we still welcome them. We are an open book and we have nothing to hide. If there is anything that needs addressing, we are working to address it. But we have to have that opportunity."
Late Friday, Chief Hampton told 24 Hour News 8 the FBI has declined to conduct an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Battle Creek police officers.
The chief said he was notified of the decision and informed by the FBI that there are "specific stipulations" that are required to be met before the agency would initiate a probe into the allegations of wrongdoing.
Chief Hampton said he is "still trying to get [the FBI] to investigate" the charges.
24 Hour News 8 attempted to find Jeff Domenico Friday. He was anxious to explain his side of the story on the phone Thursday night, but refused to be interviewed and has not returned phone calls since.
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