By Charles Sercombe
A former Hamtramck police officer, charged with assaulting two people he arrested back in 2014, will be going to federal prison.
Ryan McInerney, 45, of Grosse Ile Twp., was charged with the crimes back in 2018, and recently pled guilty to using excessive force, and to violating the civil rights of one victim.
The matter was resolved in a plea deal with the US Justice Department.
He will be serving three years in a federal prison, followed by three years of probation. He also agreed to surrender his law enforcement license.
He was facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each incident.
The incidents occurred on July 22, 2014, and involved two separate arrests.
In both incidents, McInerney first pulled over drivers, then pistol whipped them. In both cases, neither driver provoked the attack.
In the first incident, the driver suffered broken facial bones, and in the second incident, some of the man’s teeth were broken.
Not only that, McInerney also falsified his reports in the incidents.
“Police officers take an oath to protect, serve, and uphold the law. When an officer betrays that oath by violating a person’s civil rights, the FBI will make it a priority to hold the officer accountable,” said Timothy Waters, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan, in a statement issued by the Justice Department.
“Ryan McInerney’s actions were a betrayal of the trust his community placed in him and are not reflective of the honorable way in which the men and women of the Hamtramck Police Department work to keep their community safe.”
Posted Sept. 17, 2021