(12/21/12) - The only Saginaw police officer demoted as a result of the shooting of mentally ill man is now suing the city.
Her attorney says the former sergeant has been made the scapegoat in the wake of the July 1 shooting of Milton Hall.
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Tom Pabst says he's filing the lawsuit to help his client clear her name, and that she did nothing wrong during the Milton Hall shooting incident.
"They made her a scapegoat and threw her under the bus, so to speak, to satisfy the angry voices," Pabst said.
Anjanette Wojciechowski, also known as A.J., was the sergeant in charge of the scene in a Saginaw parking lot on July 1. The 22-year veteran, and five other police officers, were cleared of criminal wrongdoing, but the city disciplined three of the officers, Wojciechowski's punishment the most severe - a demotion.
"Let's demote the woman and beat her up in the press and say she is a bad cop, when none of that is true," Pabst said.
The lawsuit is against the city, city manager Darnell Earley, city councilmen Norman Braddock and Amos O'Neal. Pabst says Wojciechowski was the target of retaliation, discrimination and harassment by the city and its leaders.
"I would love for the situation to be reversed, to have the politicians out there, faced with this guy with a knife, pounding his fist on a patrol car, saying he is going to cut someone, saying someone is going to get it today," Pabst said.
In the past, Wojciechowski has been the target of Saginaw lawsuits filed by two other police officers, who claimed she harassed and discriminated against them - Danny McDole and Patrick Shaltry. The city lost both lawsuits.
"All this time before these other lawsuits, they stood behind her, saying she didn't do anything wrong, and now, they flip and jump sides, and take a different side and talk out of a different side of their mouth and yeah, she's a bad cop, of course she has to go down," Pabst said.
We did get in touch with Darnell Earley's office Friday, and because of the pending litigation, the city, nor the other defendants in the lawsuit have any comment.
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