DPD Board of Commissioners meeting following suspensions

17 officers suspended after leaving posts Friday

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DETROIT - The Detroit Police Department Board of Commissioners will hold a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The suspensions of 17 officers in connection with a "sickout" staged Friday evening at the department's northeast district station could be discussed.

Chief Ralph Godbee said Monday that during an internal investigation into the incident, "the involved officers have been suspended pending the final results of the Internal Affairs investigation."

The officers left their posts between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, Godbee said.

He said they are now "alleged to be in violation" of a Michigan law called "Participation in a Strike."

"The allegations, if founded, are a breach of the public trust and as such presented a very dangerous situation for citizens of the city of Detroit and members of the Detroit Police Department," Godbee said in a statement.

The chief released a YouTube video Friday that he posted on his Facebook page Monday in which he addresses the frustrations of the police force members.

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