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2 cops ousted for acts related to probe of woman's death

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 17:02:08-04

HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say two suburban Detroit police officers have been fired after they attempted to conceal evidence in an investigation of the death of a Black woman who was in custody.

Officials in Harper Woods identified them as Deputy Chief John Vorgitch and Officer Michael Pineau.

Priscilla Slater died in June while in a police lockup following a drug arrest.

The cause hasn’t been publicly disclosed. State police are investigating Slater’s death.

Harper Woods has been targeted by protesters who want more information.

Ken Poynter resigned as mayor in July after saying he understood “why white people would become white supremacists.”

Poynter apologized.