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Cushingberry's traffic ticket dismissed, no DPD officer appeared in court

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Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. first made headlines in January when police found alcohol and marijuana inside his vehicle shortly after he took office. Then in February, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said a supervisor gave him a break he didn't deserve.

Now, Cushingberry seems to have gotten another break.

Police have concluded Cushingberry pulled into oncoming traffic and failed to signal, cutting off the path of a marked police car the night of the traffic stop. During the stop police discovered alcohol and marijuana inside his vehicle, yet Cushingberry was only given a ticket for failing to signal.

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The outcome of the traffic stop raised concerns that Cushingberry may have been given preferential treatment. The Detroit Police Department launched an internal investigation into the matter and determined Cushingberry may have received preferential treatment.

"There was certainly evidence that, possibly, the councilman was under the influence. There was no effort to administer a field sobriety test," says Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "It tends to suggest the councilman was given preferential treatment. ... What's being said here today is, there are no special treatments to anyone because of status."

Court records from the 36th District Court show Cushingberry appears to be off the hook again - whether intentional or not.

Two weeks after the news conference in which Chief Craig revealed the investigation's findings, the officer who wrote Cushingberry's traffic ticket failed to show for his court date. The judge dismissed the case citing 'no DPD officer appeared.'

Chief Craig says the officer didn't show up because he never got the paperwork.

"He was reassigned to a new precinct and his former assignment, the subpoena went there. So that's the issue. So, it wasn't special treatment, based on what we learned," says Chief Craig. "It certainly was a management faux pas."

He says he does not believe people will think Cushingberry got another break, and acknowledges that officer's supervisor should have got him the court notice. He says he has no plans to discipline the supervisor.

"It's a paper deal. It's unfortunate. I would have liked the officer to have been served because it does give the appearance that something was done special, but there's nothing that indicates that," he says.

Cushingberry has been unavailable for comment.

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