Police, fire unions slam Bay City public safety director’s actions against teen

Members of the Bay City Police Officers Association of Michigan, the Bay City Command Officers Association of Michigan, and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 116 released a joint statement condemning the Bay City Director of Public Safety’s recent actions. , Michael Cecchini.

Michael Cecchini has been placed on administrative leave by the city after receiving a complaint for assaulting a teenager on September 17. Video circulating on social media shows Cecchini getting into a verbal confrontation with a teenager after a group of teenagers were driving scooters apparently screeching tires outside. Cecchini’s apartment in Uptown. Cecchini can be seen sticking his flashlight into the teen’s stomach and telling him he was going to beat him up and take him to jail.

Unions say members of the department should be held to a higher standard. They say Cecchini’s actions are an embarrassment to the department and expect him to be held accountable for his conduct.

Read the full statement below:

“Members of the Bay City Police Officers Association of Michigan, Bay City Command Officers Association of Michigan, and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 116 stand united and stand ready to continue serving the citizens of Bay City. in a caring and professional manner. they deserve.

Collectively, we condemn the recent actions of Director of Public Safety Michael Cecchini and are embarrassed by the shadow they cast on our organization. The Bay City Department of Public Safety is made up of proud professional police and firefighters; we expect to be held to a higher standard.

BCPOAM, BCCOAM and IAFF 116 urge authorities to resolve the matter quickly and we expect Michael Cecchini to be held accountable for his conduct.