Timothy Leach (left) and Fred Person (photo: Detroit Police)

2 Police Officers Charged With Assault

May 24, 2018 - 12:14 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Charges filed against a former Detroit police commander and a current officer in connection with the injury of a man being forcibly removed from a tavern. 

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy says that 48-year-old Timoth Leach and 53-year-old officer Ferderick Person are expected to be arraigned on Thursday in connection with the incident which occured while the two were working off-duty as security at a tavern on March 11. 

According to police  42-year-old Michael Karpovich suffered a severe head injury when he was pushed and fell to the tavern's floor -- Leach and Person then lied to authorites to cover up their actions. 

Person is charged with obstruction of justice, neglect of duty and tampering with evidence.

If true, Detroit Police Chief James Craig called the charges a stain on the badge. 

"This department, as we always do, investigate, we investigate throughly, we follow due process, we're transparent,  and then we turn it over to the prosecutor's office - which is what happened in this instance. It does not reflect on the hard working men and women of the department."

Investigators says that Leach and Person were not authorized by the police department for secondary employment. Leach had commanded the 11th Police Precinct. He has been demoted to lieutenant.