Grand Rapids Police Officer Fights for Job after DUI Incident
Truth really is stranger than fiction. A Grand Rapids police officer is not only fighting to keep his job, but he has filed a lawsuit against the city of Grand Rapids that could potentially be a $100 million liability.
The story goes like this…..
A Kent County prosecutor was pulled over after drinking and driving the wrong way on a city street. The officer in question is Lt. Matthew Janiskee. He is the only one of three officers who has not made a deal with the department to keep his job following the Nov. 19, 2016 incident caught on video. After telling a fellow officer to stop talking and call 3407, which is a non-recorded police line used by law Grand Rapids law enforcement to make personal calls for investigations where the names of victims or confidential informants may be discussed (i.e. the Kent County prosecutor who was driving the wrong way under the influence.)
Turns out the non-recorded line was actually being recorded and now the city of Grand rapids wants to use that recording against Janiskee, one of their own police officers. Speaking Friday, attorney Andrew Rodenhouse that is representing officer Janiskee says he believes the recording opens the city up to $100 million in liability.
“I don’t think the city truly understands the potential consequence of recording this line. I know that going forward in every case I handle from now on, I’m going to be requesting the recording of that line,” Rodenhouse said.
The Kent County prosecutor did not get off however. He has since resigned from the prosecutor’s office, is now being charged with reckless driving causing serious injury and moving violation causing injury. He’s also being sued by the man injured in the crash.