Ex-Detroit Police Commander Convicted of Taking Bribes

DETROIT (AP) — A former lieutenant in charge of the Detroit Police Department’s integrity unit was sentenced Tuesday to two and a half years in prison for taking bribes in a conspiracy with another officer, prosecutors said.

John F. Kennedy, 57, of Rochester Hills, worked in the department’s internal affairs division and was responsible for investigating reports of crimes and professional misconduct by police officers and other city employees, U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison said.

Kennedy conspired with fellow officer Daniel S. Vickers to commit bribery by accepting nearly $15,000 in exchange for using his influence to persuade other officers to make two references to a company, Ison said. Kennedy pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors.

Such work can be lucrative: towing companies can charge storage fees until a car is claimed and even auction a vehicle after a certain period of time.

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Vickers, 54, took more than $3,400 in payments from a towing company in 2018, authorities said. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and three months in prison last month.

Six people were charged as part of the federal government’s investigation.

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