Battle Creek police

9:13 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Two Battle Creek Police Officers Out After Investigation

Attorney for Jim Saylor and Maria Alonso says firings are a violation of constitutional rights
Two police department employees have been fired after a nearly two-month investigation, Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole confirmed Tuesday. Deputy Police Chief Jim Saylor and Inspector Maria Alonso's terminations Tuesday are effective immediately after the two were placed on paid administrative leave March 5.
5:40 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Battle Creek Reinvestigates Police Incident

Credit WMUK

The City of Battle Creek says it’s investigating whether a police officer used excessive force when arresting an assault suspect more than a year ago.

A previous inquiry into the October 2012 incident had cleared patrol officer Christopher Hug of wrongdoing. But city officials say they recently discovered that some key information from the case never made it to the county prosecutor’s office. That includes surveillance tape that shows Hug apparently beating suspect Kenneth Moye.

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6:49 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Memo Shows Former Battle Creek City Manager Had Concerns About Relationship Between Police Employees

Memo was issued less than a week before Ken Tschiyama retired as city manager
Former City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama's move to have Inspector Maria Alonso report directly to him was prompted by concerns that a romantic relationship between her and Deputy Police Chief Jim Saylor could ultimately "compromise the integrity of the department," according to a memorandum issued earlier this year.
7:53 am
Fri March 7, 2014

News Conference Friday on Battle Creek Police Investigation

Little has been revealed so far about internal investigation
Battle Creek officials will discuss police department issues during a press conference Friday, the city has announced. In a statement, the city said Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole and Interim Police Chief Jim Blocker will address news media at 2 p.m. Friday in City Hall. Neither official would answer questions before then, the city said.
7:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Battle Creek Police Open Internal Investigation, but Reveal Few Details

Interim Police Chief Jim Blocker declined to answer questions about who is being investigated or the nature of the investigation
Battle Creek's Interim Police Chief Jim Blocker said Wednesday afternoon the department has opened an internal investigation. "It is a pending personnel matter," Blocker said. "But we don't comment on those. It is an investigation of members of the department."