The city of Grand Rapids has terminated the employment of Lt. Matthew Janiskee for his role in the handling of a November crash involving a former prosecutor.
According to a statement released on Friday, March 31 from the city of Grand Rapids, City Manager Greg Sundstrom ended Janiskee's employment retroactive to Friday, January 27.
Janiskee is one of the officers who played a role in the GRPD's response following an alcohol-related crash involving former Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Joshua J. Kuiper. The crash occurred back in November. Kuiper crashed into a parked car injuring its owner. He admitted to drinking but officers gave him a ticket and drove him home without giving him a breathalyzer test.
The other GRPD officers involved were Sgt. Thomas Warwick and Officer Adam Ickes. Ickes agreed to a 30-day unpaid suspension; Warwick agreed to a demotion and a 160-day unpaid suspension.
The three officers involved in the crash were investigated for giving Kuiper 'preferential treatment' after he left the crash scene with only a citation, although he admitted to drinking on camera. In a phone call from Ickes to Janiskee, Kuiper is described as being hammered. Janiskee advised Ickes to call him back on another line.
Kuiper faces a charge of reckless driving causing injury, a five-year felony, and a misdemeanor charge of moving violation causing injury.
According to the city, Janiskee has a right to file a grievance if he believes his termination is in violation.
In Friday's release, a city spokesperson said the city of Grand Rapids will make no further comment regarding the matter.
Kuiper is expected to be in court in May, his trial is pending.
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