Prosecutor seeks murder charge against ex-state trooper in fatal ATV crash

DETROIT - Prosecutors are seeking murder and involuntary manslaughter charges against a former Michigan State Police trooper who allegedly fired an electronic stun gun out of the window of a patrol car before a teen crashed his all-terrain vehicle and died, an online court document shows.  

The document shows a "recommendation for warrant" for Mark Bessner on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Aug. 26 incident on Detroit's east side. 

Damon Grimes, 15, of Detroit was riding his ATV when police attempted to stop him, officials have said. He crashed into a pick-up after the Taser was deployed.

It’s against MSP policy to deploy a Taser from a moving vehicle. Bessner resigned in September and two other State Police employees were suspended that same month.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy plans to hold an 11 a.m. news conference to announce charging decisions in five cases involving police officers. 

The prosecutor's office has not identified the cases that will be included in the news conference or the department or departments of the police officers involved.  Spokesmen for the Detroit Police Department and Michigan State Police referred calls to the prosecutor's office Tuesday evening.

Prosecutors have previously said they have several cases involving police under review.

One of the incidents involves an off-duty Detroit police officer moonlighting as a Meijer store security officer. A viral video shows him hitting a 23-year-old Detroit man at the store located on West 8 Mile near Woodward in Detroit. David Bivins later filed a lawsuit seeking in excess of $25 million in connection with the October incident.

Other cases that prosecutors have previously said were under review include allegations of high-speed car chases and crashes by Detroit police officers. 

Contact Elisha Anderson: eanderson@freepress.com or 313-222-5144.

This story originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press. 

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