BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - The man who brought serious allegations about corruption in the Battle Creek Police Department declined Tuesday to provide specifics about his claims.
One of the Department's officers was charged after allegedly showing up to work drunk. The officer, Jennifer Appl, was also the passenger in a drunk driving crash in which a car driven by another officer was the subject of questions about whether the police investigation was handled properly.
And on top of that, Battle Creek City Commissioner Jeff Domenico, citing anonymous sources, has alleged criminal corruption against Battle Creek police.
In a letter co-authored with Domenico and another commissioner, the anonymous officer alleged he has witnessed "excessive force, evidence destruction and internal cover-ups in crime reporting."
"There's nothing to investigate," City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama said at a Tuesday City Commission meeting. "Unless we have specific information that gives us something that can be investigated, we really can't take things any further."
But Domenico won't talk specifics.
Domenico told 24 Hour News 8 after the meeting that his silence is about protecting the source that told him about the claims.
"That's No.1. No. 2 doesn't matter if it doesn't protect the sources," said Domenico.
He declined to comment further about whether there was an imminent risk to public safety.
Some other City leaders seem to have frustrations with the claims that up to this point appear to be lacking substance.
When asked whether Domenico was out of line, Tsuchiyama said, "I'm not going to go there. I'll let you decide that."
"I'm pleased when somebody shows up and wants to ask questions and be involved," said Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin.
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