Detroit police officer hit with 85 allegations of misconduct, mostly toward POC
The Detroit Police Department is opening an investigation into numerous allegations of wrongdoing against a police officer, interim police chief James White said on Wednesday.
The announcement came within hours after an investigation into the matter was published in 7 Action News.
A story of alleged abuse: In his 12 years of service, Sgt. Stephen Kue has received 85 complaints from citizens alleging repeated allegations of excessive violence, harassment and use of racist language against other colored people, 7 Action News investigation revealed.
White said that Kue has been removed from his patrol assignment and given administrative duties while they are investigating the matter.
According to White, he will "any complaint against Sgt. Kue as well as the previous actions of the command team member (s) that rejected the disturbing allegations."
One pattern discovered: complaints against Kue dwarf the city's average of eight citizen complaints per official, based on ministry data. Some officers go their entire careers without receiving any.
Almost all of the complainants who identified their race identified themselves as a black person: 75 black, one bi-racial, one Chaldean, no white, and 21 unknown or not listed, according to 7 Action News.
Complainant Quory Collins said he was searched and handcuffed by Kue and a partner in 2017 for allegedly "obstructing traffic while crossing the street".
After the officers found nothing illegal at Collins, Kue reportedly told him, “My trigger finger is itching. I challenge you to move. I challenge you to move. "
Collins, who was not charged, filed a complaint, but an investigation later found that there was no evidence that it ever happened.
Most citizen complaints against Kue and other officials saw similar results.
Almost Done: Kue was reportedly nearly fired in 2018 after being involved in a botched drug raid that fatally shot a dog but was promoted to sergeant three months later.
During the internal affairs investigation, Kue claimed he never fired his gun, but ballistics revealed otherwise. Kue then allegedly said he forgot.
While the disciplinary sergeant recommended Kue resignation, the entire case was dismissed on the grounds of "timeliness."
A quick Google search revealed that Kue had a role as Officer Chang in the final scene of the 2008 film "Gran Torino".
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