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Lawyers for Detroit police sergeant suspended for inaction during fatal shooting respond

Sgt. Ronald Kidd suspended after Officer Rasheen McClain killed

DETROIT – The attorneys for a Detroit police sergeant who was suspended for not taking action during a shooting that left an officer dead responded in a statement Thursday.

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Police Chief James Craig said Sgt. Ronald Kidd should have been at the scene where Officer Rasheen McClain and his partner, Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse, were shot. McClain was killed.

Kidd has been suspended after a review of his car cam and body cam found that he never made it to the scene. Instead, he stayed a block away and suggested to his partner they take cover.

Attorneys Odey K. Meroueh and Zachary Hallman released a statement regarding the issue:

“We believe the characterization of Sergeant Kidd’s character to be inaccurate and defamatory -- particularly in light of his 21 years of service to the city of Detroit and before that to our country as a United States Marine -- it would be inappropriate to say any more at this time.”


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