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Off-duty Detroit cop charged with assaulting shopper

Posted at 1:33 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 09:26:17-05

A Detroit police officer who was moonlighting as a security guard has been charged with assaulting a shopper at a Meijer store.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Officer Lonnie Wade was wearing his police uniform during the Oct. 10 incident. A shopper, David Bivins, was hit in the head and face with a baton after Wade questioned him about bags in his cart.

The prosecutor's office says there was no evidence of aggressive behavior by the 23-year-old Bivins. The incident was recorded on video and witnessed by other shoppers.

Bivins says he can't watch the video because he doesn't want to relive the trauma.

The 65-year-old Wade was placed on administrative duty when his bosses learned about the incident. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney who could comment on the charges.