Former Detroit Police Officer Edward Hicks, 28, Charged in Connection with the Assault of Deonta Stewart, 31, of Detroit
On August 30, 2016 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Officer Hicks and his partner drove up on Stewart, who was walking in the area of the Martin Luther King Homes at Chene and Lafayette Streets in Detroit. It is alleged that Hicks yelled for Stewart to stop and he took off running. Hicks initiated a foot chase. During the chase, Stewart looked back and, realizing he was being pursued by the police, stopped running. It is alleged that Hicks punched Stewart in the face multiple times, causing significant facial injuries and placed him under arrest.
Stewart's transport to the Detroit Detention Center (DDC) was delayed. Before taking Stewart to DDC, it is also alleged that Hicks told Stewart to give a false statement to the intake officer about his arrest and injuries. Stewart was later released from DDC and sought medical treatment at a local hospital.
Defendant Hicks has been charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm, Aggravated Assault, Obstruction of Justice and Misconduct in Office*. Hicks was arraigned before 36th District Court Magistrate Charles Anderson. The probable cause conference is scheduled for January 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for January 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Both cases are before Judge Kenneth King in 36th District Court. Hicks received a $5,000 personal bond.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.