17 Lansing Police employees disciplined for misusing food from Bridge Card investigations

Oct 31, 2014

An internal investigation shows a team of police officers investigating Bridge Card fraud in Lansing violated department policies by eating confiscated food. The Lansing Police Department announced it took disciplinary action against 17 officers Friday.

Back in 2013, a woman who dated a Lansing police officer filed a complaint with the department. Michigan State Police investigated what happened to roughly $14,000 in food and other goods police seized. But the state attorney general’s office declined to file criminal charges earlier this year.

The Lansing State Journal reports an internal investigation found police ate the food or took it home. The police chief said the food should’ve been donated to food banks.

Five of the 17 officers are no longer with the department. Three were suspended without pay for between one and five days.