Battle Creek Police Chief seeks FBI probe of his department

12:46 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
Battle Creek Police Department headquarters on North Division Street. / Robert Warner/The Enquirer
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(Battle Creek Enquirer) -- Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton said Thursday he is seeking an FBI probe of his department in light of allegations of wrongdoing made by a city commissioner.

Commissioner Jeffrey Domenico formally requested an investigation of corruption in the department by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette; when the request was denied, Domenico went to Michigan State Police, who have not responded to his complaint.

Domenico said he won't make public his allegations; Hampton said Thursday he is asking the FBI to get involved.

"There are some pretty nefarious things that have taken place in the last three to five years," Domenico said in an interview with the Enquirer on Wednesday. Hampton was named deputy chief April 3, 2008, and became chief in January 2010.

"I believe there is enough to bring someone in. It will clear the air and we will get answers. I am not against the city. I just want what is best for us."

Domenico contacted the Office of the Michigan Attorney General in November and said he and Commissioner David Walters, a retired police officer, were "both concerned about ongoing activities within our police department." Domenico's message to the AG's office included a note that he said was a message from a current police officer in which allegations of corruption are made.

Efforts by the Enquirer to reach Walters for comment on this story were not immediately successful.

The e-mails were obtained by the Enquirer through a Freedom of Information Act request.

By Trace Christenson, The Enquirer

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