Six Detroit police officers were suspended yesterday amid an FBI probe into alleged widespread towing corruption in the police department, the Detroit News reports. A source said the suspended officers are accused of taking bribes from a tow company owner in exchange for funneling work, including towing stolen cars, to the firm. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the officers are expected to be indicted soon. He added that more officers could be suspended.
When a vehicle needs to be towed because it was involved in a crime or was found abandoned or stolen, police officers are supposed to rotate jobs to the 23 tow companies authorized to remove vehicles for the police. Different companies are assigned specific areas in the city. The six suspended officers allegedly were paid by one tow company owner to bypass the other firms on the list.