5/29/24 - One Local Officer To Be Charged, Another Will Not

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In both cases, police were chasing a suspect, who was then struck. In one instance the officer is charged but in the other case no charges will be brought against them.


However, based on the incident, there will be charges filed against the driver of the vehicle who fled from police, leading to this tragic event. He will be seeking a traditional waiver to charge the juvenile as an adult. Since the case is in the juvenile system, He is not able to disclose the name of the individual charged. As stated in his opinion, this individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Meanwhile, Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel, authorized a charge of second-degree murder against Michigan State Police trooper, Det./Sgt. Brian Keely, who struck and killed a man fleeing from officers. 

This incident occurred April 17, when 25-year-old Samuel Sterling was struck by an unmarked state police vehicle. 

He had been spotted putting air in tires but then fled when police approached. He was wanted for outstanding warrants.  

Nessel says, “(Det./Sgt.) Keely’s actions that day were legally, grossly negligent and created a very high risk of death or great bodily harm, which could have otherwise been prevented.” 

No word yet on when an arraignment date will be held in Kentwood District Court.



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