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Michigan Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested After He’s Accused of Slapping 14-Year-Old Boy: Officials

Sheriff's Deputy Accused of Slapping 14-Year-Old Boy in Back of Car
Source: Macomb County Sheriff's Office

Derek Reed (left) accused of slapping teen during transport to juvenile home.

Sep. 21 2023, Published 3:03 p.m. ET

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A 14-year-old boy was being taken into custody in Michigan when he was allegedly slapped by a police officer, and now two deputies have been arrested in connection with the alleged child abuse incident, according to authorities.

On Aug. 30, Macomb County deputies Derek Reed and Alan Weir were attempting to bring in a juvenile for a probation violation, the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office said.

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As the deputies were transporting the 14-year-old boy, words were exchanged. The deputies pulled the vehicle over and Reed allegedly slapped the teen while he was handcuffed, officials said.

The teen was taken to a juvenile center, where it was determined he was injured, officials said.

According to Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido, the boy made a statement and photos were taken to document the injuries, WDIV reported.

Following an investigation into the incident, the two deputies, who have a combined 26 years of experience with the department, now face charges.

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Reed was charged with fourth-degree child abuse and failure to uphold the law, and Weir was charged with willful neglect of duty, authorities said.

The deputies were placed on paid administrative leave and are due back in court on Oct. 30.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said, “The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office takes all allegations of this nature seriously. Individuals in positions of power, especially those in law enforcement, must be held to the highest of standards.”


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