On July 24, 2023, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged former Dearborn Heights Police Officer Paul Graf, 33, in connection with the assault of another 23-year-old Dearborn Heights Police Officer.
On December 10, 2021, at approximately 1:25 p.m., at the Dearborn Heights Police Department, located in the 25630 block of Michigan Avenue, it is alleged that while he was employed as a police officer, Defendant Graf assaulted the victim twice by threatening to cut his beard with a knife. Defendant Graf was terminated from the Dearborn Heights Police Department on April 25, 2022. Graf was charged with two counts of Felonious Assault. *
On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, 20th District Court Judge Mark Plawecki heard testimony and viewed video evidence of the incident at the preliminary examination and dismissed the case. Judge Plawecki made a brief ruling, that although the complainant may have subjectively feared a battery, the judge did not believe a reasonable person would have been in fear of a battery. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office will be appealing the court's dismissal of the charges.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.