Former Detroit police captain accused of ordering on-duty officers to build deck at his home

Capt. Harold Rochon under investigation for misconduct in office

DETROIT – Former Detroit police Capt. Harold Rochon is being investigated for misconduct in office after he allegedly ordered officers under his command to build a deck at his home, according to officials with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Rochon is accused of ordering the police officers to build the deck while they were on duty, officials announced.

"This came out of an investigation we initiated based on information that was brought to us," Detroit police Chief James Craig said in a statement. "It's gravely troubling when a command officer allegedly engages in this type of conduct."

Craig said the officers were paid overtime for working at Rochon's home.

Rochon is also the subject of a lawsuit by a Detroit police detective who said the former captain ordered him to take an early vacation and stop an investigation of Kwame Kilpatrick while he was mayor.

The alleged misconduct happened in 2015. Rochon resigned in April 2016, ending a 30-year career with the department.

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