2 Detroit Cops Accused of Stealing From People They Stopped

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2 Detroit Cops Charged With Misconduct, Theft.

DETROIT (AP) – Two members of an elite Detroit police unit are accused of stealing money from people they stopped on the street and with fabricating information about an arrest.

Prosecutors 28-year-old Charles Lynem and 31-year-old Chancellor Searcy were arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of embezzlement, larceny, misconduct and falsely reporting a felony.Two Detroit cops, who were honored a year ago with local and national law enforcement awards, were arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement, larceny and filing a false felony report, George Hunter of The Detroit News reports.

Searcy also is charged with failing to uphold the law. “Whenever an officer is accused of criminal misconduct, certainly it’s a dark day for the department,” Police Chief James Craig told reporters. “These allegations should not be a reflection of every Detroit police officer.” Lynem and Searcy are seven-year veterans of the department and were partners in Detroit’s Tactical Response Unit, which targets crime hotspots across the city. Between March 2013 and September 2014 money was taken from one man arrested at a gas station and from two other men during pat downs, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors also allege that circumstances around a Sept. 27, 2014, arrest of a 41-year-old man on the west side for carrying a concealed weapon were “fabricated.” “It tarnishes the badge,” Craig said of the allegations. “Our men and women who wear the uniform work extremely hard and the vast majority just go out and serve this community with distinction and with honor.

On September 4, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m. in front of a location in the 4000 block of Webb it is alleged that Officer Searcy stopped a 28-year-old Detroit man and confiscated a sum of money from him. The probable cause hearing will be held on November 3, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. and the preliminary examination will be held on November 10, 2015 before Judge Ronald Giles.

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