GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Attorneys for a former Grand Rapids Police Lieutenant are hoping to get their day in court. Matthew Janiskee was fired in March for his role in handling a crash involving a then-assistant prosecutor.
Janiskee received a call from the officers on scene of that crash back in November. He told the officer to call him back on another line, that was unrecorded. City officials later discovered that unrecorded line was in fact being recorded. Janiskee filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Grand Rapids claiming the unrecorded line should not be used against him.
Recently, the city filed a motion to stop the case, claiming the phone line was accidentally recorded, but Janiskee's attorneys claim the city has shown no proof of that.
"Right now, the city has failed to explain how this was inadvertently set to record and right now the whole thing feels like they're covering up what happened," Andrew Rodenhouse, Janiskee's attorney, said.
We did reach out to the attorney representing the city in this case and have yet to hear back.
The two other officers involved in this incident were not fired but were suspended and one of them was also demoted.
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