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Friday, July 12, 2019 1:00 am

Mistakenly stopped man loses his appeal

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A local man mistakenly pulled over in a traffic stop in March lost a citizen's appeal Thursday at the Board of Public Safety. 

Domonique Williams, whose name varied by a single letter and whose birthday was a day apart from another man, was pulled over March 14 in a traffic stop, according to Malak B. Heiny, city attorney who attended the meeting Thursday. 

Board members voted to deny an appeal over the conduct of the unnamed officers who pulled over Williams after he complained about their conduct. 

The board was able to watch the traffic stop because of in-car camera footage used in marked police cars, board member Rusty York said.

“They were very courteous,” Tim Davie, board president, said. “They (the officers) did take the time to explain (why they were pulling him over). Their demeanor was proper.” 

After the meeting, Police Chief Steve Reed said police officers typically deal with known or suspected gang members, although “not all the time.” 

“If someone feels they were treated improperly, then they need to call Internal Affairs,” Reed said.

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