Former Saginaw Police officer faces three charges
Attorney General issues charges against ex-officer, releases new details
SAGINAW, Mich. (WJRT) -A former Saginaw Police officer has been charged with three criminal counts for allegedly punching a woman in the Saginaw County Jail. The investigation also reveals the ex-officer hit the woman before they got to the jail as well.
Adam Collier faces three criminal charges, two assault and battery complaints which are 93-day misdemeanors, and a charge of common law offenses, which is related to misconduct in office by a public officer. That’s a five-year felony if Collier is convicted.
Collier, who had been with the police department since January 2017, has been released on a $7500 personal recognizance bond.
Attorney General Dana Nessel says Collier actually hit 57 year old Jennifer Clemmons once in his patrol car on the night of July 11th, after Clemmons resisted being arrested for felonious assault.
Saginaw County Jail surveillance video captured the second incident inside the sally port of the jail, where Nessel says Collier punched the handcuffed Clemmons three times, knocking her unconscious after Clemmons spit on the officer. Police chief Bob Ruth suspended Collier after Ruth reviewed the video. Collier was fired on July 17th, as Ruth made the announcement with several Saginaw civil rights leaders.
“We will not tolerate any use of excessive force by our officers at the police department,” said Ruth at the time.
After the firing of Collier, some Saginaw police officers called in sick for a few shifts, in an apparent protest of the termination. Clemmons bonded out of jail after the arrest for felonious assault, but was back behind bars several days later after being arrested in a separate home invasion case
Attorney General Nessel says video evidence, which most likely contains police body camera video and the surveillance video from the jail, will not be released until the criminal prosecution is complete.
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