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Two DPD Sergeants Charged in 2018 Greektown Parking Lot Incident

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Detroit Police Department Sgt. Raytheon Martin, 40, and Sgt. Lacell Rue, 35. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 22, 2018, at approximately 2:55 a.m., in the lobby of the Greektown Casino parking garage. It is alleged that Sgt. Martin and Sgt. Rue had a verbal exchange with a 26-year-old Detroit man. During the exchange, although the man did not make any aggressive physical gesture, it is alleged that Sgt. Martin struck the man in back of the head and proceeded to punch him multiple times while the man was on the ground. It is further alleged that Sgt. Rue tased the man twice, although he was not aggressive and was holding his hands up. The investigation revealed that the incident was captured on video.

Both defendants were arraigned this morning in 36th District Court. Sgt. Martin was arraigned on the charge of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm.* Sgts. Martin and Rue were both charged with Misconduct in Office, and Assault and Battery.* A Probable Cause Hearing is scheduled for June 13, 2019 and a Preliminary Examination is scheduled for June 20, 2019, both before Judge E. Lynise Weeks-Bryant.

Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller said, "Now that the matter is in progress, we will not release or comment on any allegations or evidence. The evidence in the case will come out on the record in court."

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.