Ex-Hamtramck officer pleads guilty in use of force case

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Posted at 3:45 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 15:45:47-05

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A former Hamtramck police officer has pleaded guilty to using excessive force and violating a person’s civil rights during a traffic stop in the Detroit enclave where a driver was pistol-whipped.

The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit says 44-year-old Ryan McInerney admitted Friday in a plea hearing that on June 22, 2014, he struck a man several times through the open window of a vehicle that was pulled over.

The man suffered broken bones in his face and lacerations.

That same night, a second man also was pistol-whipped during an unrelated traffic stop.

The U.S. attorney’s office also said police documents were falsified to cover up the use of excessive force.