Cops Allegedly Use Off-Hours To Rob, Beat Up Citizens

Dan Fastenberg
Detroit off-duty cops accused of posing as police officers to rough up locals.
Detroit off-duty cops accused of posing as police officers to rough up locals.

Police officers have tough jobs. In Detroit, it is especially tough, as the city has gone into bankruptcy and faces crippling poverty and violent crime rates that are five times the national average. But according to the local Fox outlet, WJBK, two sergeants in the Detroit metropolitan area -- one of whom was the recipient of a distinguished service award -- allegedly went rogue while off-duty, flashing their badges and roughing up two men, then walking off with the men's wallets.

According to news reports, the two officers -- one with the Detroit department and another who works in the suburb of St. Clair Shores -- allegedly used their badges and guns to threaten two other men at a Citgo gas station on the east side of Detroit. While in plain clothes, the sergeants allegedly assaulted the men and walked off with their cellphone and wallets. The sergeants -- whose identities have been withheld -- were arrested Saturday, but were released Monday as charges were yet to be formally filed.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig told The Detroit Free Press that a local resident took a picture of the incident (seen above), which helped members of the Detroit police identify their fellow officers last weekend.