DETROIT (WXYZ) – Sandra Wilson, the woman who was arrested by Detroit police and accused of stealing a credit card she said she was just trying to get back, is suing the City of Detroit and claiming her rights. basic rights are violated.
At the same time, Detroit police are defending the behavior of their officers who questioned and later arrested Wilson, calling it “strong police work.”
As first reported by 7 Action News last month, Wilson was arrested in June when the police accused him of stealing a woman’s credit card.
On surveillance video, Wilson could be seen picking up a credit card left on the gas station and giving it to a customer who had just left the location, Wilson said, told by the customers who own him.
Police have confirmed that Wilson did not use the card and there is no evidence that he knows the other customer he gave it to.
However, it appeared that the card belonged to a different customer who was in the gas station that evening, who said the card was used to pay for hundreds of dollars in purchases that were not made. allowed.
Wilson’s photo, along with the woman he gave the card to, was posted on the Detroit Police Department’s social media page. The affidavit indicated that Wilson was wanted for credit larceny.
He walked willingly into the city 7th district ten days later, trying to clear his name. Instead, he was told that he was the subject of an investigation and later arrested.
In October, Judge Paul Cusick threw out the charges against Wilson, calling the case “ridiculous and ridiculous and wrong,” adding that the investigation was not thorough.
“I was left to clean up my life,” Wilson said in an interview this month. “The only thing left”.
As a result of his arrest, Wilson lost his job as a police officer. But since our story was published, he received a few job offers from viewers who were disturbed by what happened to him.
Without a stable source of income, Wilson also faced layoffs. But after nearly 150 donations poured into a GoFundMe page, she was able to avoid losing her home.
A total of over $13,000 in donations have been awarded so far.
“I’m very grateful and humbled,” Wilson said.
But if he was hoping for an apology from Detroit police, the department said it wasn’t expected.
Chris Graveline, the department’s director of professional standards, called the arrest “strong police work” and defended the officers who questioned and arrested Wilson.
Throughout Sandra’s investigation, she can be heard asking for a lawyer, but that did not stop her investigation. Two independent experts were contacted by 7 Action News said it should be.
Graveline reviewed the study, and found it to be correct.
“We followed our policies as well as the constitution,” he said.
Graveline said that since Sandra volunteered at the facility — after police posted her wanted photo on social media — she was not considered “under arrest.”
He was informed of his Miranda Rights, Graveline said, and should have known he could leave if he wanted to.
Even today, he says DPD arrested the right person.
“He held onto the card for 15 seconds,” Channel 7’s Ross Jones said.
“Right,” Graveline replied.
“Do you have any proof that he got a dime from it?” Jones asked.
“Not that I know,” he said.
“Is there any proof that he knew the woman he gave the card to?” Jones asked.
“Not that I know,” Graveline replied.
“Is there any proof that this is a system?” Jones asked.
“Not that I know,” he said.
“So why was he charged with debt theft?” Jones asked.
“Because he was the one who took the card off the counter and went and gave it to the owner of the credit card,” said Graveline.
The DPD has defended Sandra’s charge based on an exchange made during her investigation, which came after Sandra had asked for a lawyer.
“Who do you give that card to?” asked one of the guards.
“I gave the card to the man behind the counter,” Wilson said, contradicting what was seen on the video.
To Sandra, it was an honest mistake that was easy to explain.
He was asked about a five-minute visit to a gas station he frequented ten days earlier. Despite repeatedly watching the surveillance video from the day in question, the police would only show him the footage.
But to DPD, non-compliance is evidence of Sandra’s guilt. He must have been trying to hide something, they believed, even if they couldn’t prove what.
The judge who dismissed the charges, Paul Cusick, disagreed. He criticized prosecutors and police, saying the investigation was not thorough.
Through her lawyers, Sandra has prepared a lawsuit against the City of Detroit, expected to be filed on Wednesday.
“What would work best for him is the actual change,” said Koro Khamo, one of Wilson’s lawyers. “The apology is a step towards change, but we need more education. We need more vision.”
As for Sandra, she said she won’t let what happened to her change her.
“You leave your money, I will return your money,” he said. “I will help you…I will not change. I will be me.”
Nearly six months after Sandra Wilson was arrested, DPD says they still haven’t found the woman they believe actually used the credit card. In fact, they still don’t know who he is.
Their investigation is still ongoing.
Contact Investigator 7 Ross Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 827-9466.