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Chief Yankowski says officers could have done better after controversial arrest

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 05:45:54-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Lansing Police Department held a press conference Tuesday updating the public on what happened to the officers involved in the controversial arrest of a teenage girl.

Police Chief Mike Yankowski said there were things that the officers involved could have done better and he believes that they need more training.

The punishment was different for each officer. Lindsey Howley is suspended for three days and Bailey Ueberroth had his probation extended by six months.

They're both required to take 10 hours of additional training in subject control and de-escalation techniques.

"I do hold our officers to high standards. I hold them, to levels that others might think are too stringent. but these officers had good intentions they went down a path they they felt was the proper path they were faced with many roadblocks," Yankowski said.

However, the Police Officer's Union isn't accepting the punishment.

The head of the Capital City Labor Program has filed a grievance. He said "we feel that our officers did not violate any rule or regulation of the police department and followed training they received."

The extra training officers Howley and Ueberroth will get is specifically targeted to the areas where Chief Yankowski said they failed while making the arrest.

Both officers have also been cited for violating the departments "use of force" policy.

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