Harper Woods director of public safety addresses death of 38-year-old woman inside holding cell
HARPER WOODS, Mich. – The Harper Woods director of public safety spoke to the Local 4 Defenders about the death of Priscilla Slater, a 38-year-old woman who was found unresponsive last week in a holding cell. READ: Protest held after 38-year-old woman dies in holding cell in Harper WoodsSince Slater’s death, Michigan State Police officials have stepped in to investigate what happened at the Harper Woods Police Department. Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley spoke with Vincent Smith, the Harper Woods director of public safety, about the case. “I think the key questions is: Why did you suspend these six employees?” Shawn asked. Smith said Slater’s in-custody death upset him so much he called her family personally to notify them.
City personnel on administrative leave after woman dies in police custody in Harper Woods
HARPER WOODS, Mich. Director of Public Safety for Harper Woods Vincent Smith announced Sunday that six public safety personnel have been placed on administrative leave following the mysterious death of Priscilla Slater last week. READ: 38-year-old woman dies in holding cell in Harper Woods; cause unknownAccording to officials medics immediately attempted to revive Slater but were unsuccessful. Harper Woods officials say that four civilian aides and two supervisors in the public safety department have been placed on administrative leave as of Sunday afternoon. Protesters gathered around Harper Woods City Hall on Friday to demand answers regarding Slaters death. MORE: Protest held after 38-year-old woman dies in holding cell in Harper WoodsProtesters gathered again on Sunday to demand answers.