(WJBK) - Michigan State Police are speaking out on the resignation of the trooper accused of shooting a Taser moments before the teen fatally crashed his ATV.
"Last Friday we started to submit our warrant packet to the prosecutor's office," said MSP Lt. Michael Shaw.
MSP is seeking charges against at least one of their own, Trooper Mark Bessner, who resigned last month after it is alleged he used a Taser during a police chase. The Taser is said to have hit 15-year-old Damon Grimes, who was thrown from his four-wheeler and killed.
Two other state police officers have also been suspended.
"You shoot outside the window with a Taser like you're on a safari in the Serengeti or something - who does that?" said Kenneth Reed.
Reed is with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, which is calling for criminal charges. On Tuesday, The Detroit News reported a Michigan State Police sergeant is under investigation for throwing away one of the Taser's wires and prongs collected at the scene.
"This is supposed to be the elite law enforcement agency in the State of Michigan and we're tampering with evidence, destroying evidence in a fatality," Reed said. "A young man has lost his life and the family will be forever torn apart as a result."
A spokesperson for the Wayne County prosecutor says the state police warrant request requires further investigation. Detroit police are conducting an investigation as well.
All this is happening as the head of the state police is under investigation for a controversial Facebook post. Colonel Kriste Etue shared a meme calling NFL players who take a knee ingrates and degenerates.
"We just demand that she goes," Reed said.
Meanwhile, Shaw says the colonel has issued an apology.
"She stands by that apology. She's currently going through an internal investigation as far as our social media policy. She'll be treated just like any other employee. If it's determined that she did something wrong and discipline is necessary that will happen," he said.
As far as a timeline for possible criminal charges, that's still unclear. The prosecutor has said she'll be conducting her own investigation.