Troy city manager charged after allegedly assaulting woman in Clawson

Brian Michael Kischnick allegedly tackled woman

TROY, Mich. – The Troy city manager is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman Friday night in Clawson.

Brian Michael Kischnick was charged Saturday in connection with the incident.

Police said a call was received about 10:21 p.m. about a man pushing a woman to the ground in the 700 block of South Chocolay Avenue. Officers arrived and saw a crowd of people.

After interviewing Kischnick, the woman involved and witnesses, police determined that at about 10 p.m. Kischnick and the woman were returning home from dinner in an Uber. They got into an argument and Kischnick allegedly tackled the woman to the ground and pushed her down when she attempted to get up, police said.

Officers determined that domestic assault and battery had taken place.

South Chocolay Avenue is a quiet, tight-knit neighborhood, so resident Richard Pingle said he wasn't expecting to see what he did Friday night.

"I jumped up, looked out the window. I seen what looked like a girl or whatever getting up off the ground. The one man I know from the other street said he just face slammed her in the ground," Pingle said. "There's no man on this street that's going to tolerate this. Everybody needs to know that."

Pingle and a group of other guys confronted Kischnick.

"I stepped between him and the car. I said, 'You're not going anywhere. You're staying here until the police get here. What you've done here already is enough embarrassment, enough problems, so we don't want you back in the neighborhood,'" Pingle said.

He also doesn't want Kischnick back on the job.

"Is he a leader? Do you call that leadership? Is this the kind of people we want in our government running our cities?" Pingle asked.

Sources said the woman involved in the incident works in Kischnick's office.

A not guilty plea was entered for Kischnick. Personal bond was set in the amount of $5,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

"We pray for her. We do, every one of us care about her," Pingle said. "She's actually a good girl, just caught up in some stuff. Love does some strange things."

In a statement, Troy Mayor Dane M. Slater said a special city council meeting is planned for Sunday:

"Brian Kischnick, city manager of the city of Troy, was arrested on Friday, March 9, 2018 in the City of Clawson, and charged with domestic assault and battery. Immediately upon receiving notification, the Troy City Council started the process to call a special city council meeting for the earliest available time, which is Sunday, March 11, 2018 starting at 4 p.m. in the City Council Board Room."

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