Should Police Chief Dan Weston be held accountable Kalamazoo Michigan?

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City residents prove resolve to hold Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety accountable for the actions of it officers. Following a warrant issued for four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under the age of 13 and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, Officer Matthew Hallman committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the locker room of the department's Bryant Street police station.

Did Mayor Robert Jones set a standard for passing the buck and was Kalamazoo's city manager left to play the scapegoat under a cloud of institutional racism?

It's time that the City of Kalamazoo be held accountable for the actions of its employees, like any other business or institution. In the wake of the alleged multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct by a Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer, we will prove our resolve. It's time for a changing of the guard. Who is policing the police if the police are soliciting prostitutes and sexually assaulting children?

It wasn't long ago that local police officers were charged in a Grand Rapids sting soliciting prostitutes. We need to hold Kalamazoo Department of Public safety accountable finally.

It is scary to even have to ask how this could have happened. It's even scarier when we realize that it can and does happen in this department.

Until someone the status of Chief of police Dan Weston, Captain Brian Uridge or even Sargent Geik is held accountable, this security threat will remain hidden in the shadows. It is simply not acceptable to pawn this off as an isolated incident with the documented pattern.

Would you want your son or daughter to be alone with a Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer if these allegations are proven to be true? Every officer is suspect to whether or not they enabled this behavior by their own silence. Now may be the time for City Workers to consult a Whistle-blower type attorney before it's to late. What other city could have someone steal crack cocaine from the police department's evidence room and not get prosecuted? Only in Kalamazoo MI unfortunately.

--By Richard Stewart

Richard Stewart is the Branch Manager of Premier Mortgage Funding Inc’s downtown branch and the founder of BADCREDITRADIO. He can be reached at


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