DETROIT — A Detroit police officer who was moonlighting as a security guard has been charged with assaulting a shopper at a Meijer store.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Officer Lonnie Wade was wearing his police uniform during the Oct. 10 incident. A shopper, David Bivins, was hit in the head and face with a baton after Wade questioned him about bags in his cart.
The prosecutor’s office says there was no evidence of aggressive behavior by the 23-year-old Bivins. The incident was recorded on video and witnessed by other shoppers.
Bivins says he can’t watch the video because he doesn’t want to relive the trauma.
The 65-year-old Wade was placed on administrative duty when his bosses learned about the incident. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney who could comment on the charges.