Cops Rough Up M.L. Elrick For Trying To Talk To Councilman George Cushingberry

January 28, 2014, 11:22 PM

Fox 2 News Headlines

Fox 2's M.L. Elrick attended the first City Council citywide community meeting Tuesday night and had a close encounter with Detroit Police. 

Fox 2 cameras were rolling when President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. arrived, which seemed to have sparked a heated confrontation that started with Elrick getting shoved against a wall.

Elrick reports he was pushed into a wall at the time Cushingberry, left, arrived at the meeting. Officers appears to clear a path for Cushingberry while pushing Elrick aside. The reporter says he had no trouble talking with other council members.

Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday, the department has launched an investigation of the incident and temporarily re-assigned the sergeant who was on the scene.

Cushingberry has made headlines recently after open alcohol and marijuana were discovered in his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was let off with a ticket. A Detroit Police Department investigation reportedly soon will bring discipline for the supervisor who issued the ticket for failure to signal.

Cushingberry's law license will be suspended for 45 days beginning Feb. 18. The suspension resolves a complaint filed by a former client who says Cushingberry neglected his case.

Read more:  Fox 2 Detroit

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