KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - An internal investigation found that Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers raiding an off-campus party near Western Michigan University made mistakes, but did not abuse their power.
That doesn't sit well with an attorney for some of those students, who said they are considering a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city.
City officials would not release the report, but 24 Hour News 8 obtained it from the defense attorney working on behalf of some of the WMU students.
"I was hoping for an objective investigation but unfortunately, that didn't occur," defense attorney Thomas Ripley said.
The internal investigation wrapped up raids from two separate off-campus parties -- one on Axtell Street in October, and the other on Euclid Avenue in February.
Ripley says the raids show a pattern involving some Kalamazoo officers against WMU students.
"Most of KDPS are great officers, but there's some officers who are taking it to extremes and it's just got to stop," he said.
The February raid was the most publicized. Police arrested two for excessive noise and cited 21 others for being minors in possession of alcohol.
Witnesses later told a judge officers pointed a gun at one person's head, according to court documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8. Others testified officers threw some people off their bed and kicked one person down, putting a boot on his head.
Those charges were dropped after allegations that police lied to get a search warrant by telling a judge the partiers were still being loud when, in fact, the noise had ended.
"They did not tell the judges what was actually going on at the time," Ripley said.
The judge called officers "overzealous at best," saying they had used excessive force and had intimidated the students.
But the Internal Affairs report found the officers did not violate their code of conduct. It blamed confusion over "boiler plate" language used to write search warrants.
"Clearly, there was misconduct in my opinion. And even the investigation concludes that there were mistakes made, yet there's no recommendation for any disciplinary action," Ripley said.
The report also cleared officers of lying in the October raid on Axtell Street, which also involved loud students at a party.
"If the investigator truly believes that the officers' conduct was consistent with the office of professional standards, then the office of professional standards needs to be evaluated," Ripley said.
Also in that case, some in the party accused police of pointing guns at their heads, throwing them to the ground and stepping on them. But internal affairs found no use of excessive force.
Kalamazoo's city attorney said he agreed with the findings. He said police have changed the language on search warrants to make them more clear.
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