Lawsuit: Officers treated unfairly after reporting Detroit police time card fraud

- The Detroit Police Department is facing a lawsuit after the officers who reported that some employees were fudging time cards in exchange for sexual favors say are now being treated unfairly.

Attorney Michael Fortner filed a lawsuit on behalf of veteran Detroit police officers William Anderson and Betty Taylor against the Detroit Police Department, Chief James Craig and other ranking members of the department. They say they witnessed misconduct within the gaming operation of the police department.

"The manipulation of time sheets, requests for overtime, documenting whether or not someone was at work when that person actually was not at work," Anderson said.

When they told their higher ups on separate occasions in 2017, Betty says her job was terminated and she was told to report to another unit.

"I started to be pressured, I started to be ostracized. I was placed in a subordinate position to the lowest ranking sergeant in our unit," Anderson said.

And while Williams and Taylor are limited as to what they can say about the whistle blower lawsuit, their attorney says much of the time card fraud involved sexual favors.

"I sleep with you and you leave when you want to leave, and you don't work when you're supposed to be working, indicate you're working, despite the fact that you're not there," Fortner said.

"A lot of people were getting free time to just keep everything hush," Betty said.

The defendants named in the lawsuit deny any wrong doing. The City of Detroit is not commenting on pending litigation. Meanwhile, Williams and Taylor just want people to hear their side of the story.

"It's not fair. It's not right, and it's not what we are taught as police officers, and it's illegal," Betty said.

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