Warren City Councilman Eddie Kabacinski wore a U.S. Army uniform and a military police armband to his arraignment in the 38th District Court on Oct. 29, where he was charged with impersonating a public officer, a one-year misdemeanor, and assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor.

Warren City Councilman Eddie Kabacinski wore a U.S. Army uniform and a military police armband to his arraignment in the 38th District Court on Oct. 29, where he was charged with impersonating a public officer, a one-year misdemeanor, and assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor.

Photo taken from 38th District Court arraignment video


Warren councilman charged with misdemeanors for handcuffing woman

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 29, 2020

 Eddie Kabacinski

Eddie Kabacinski

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WARREN/EASTPOINTE — Warren City Councilman Eddie Kabacinski has been arraigned on misdemeanor charges after he allegedly handcuffed a woman who put “Black Lives Matter” stickers on Trump political signs at a rally in Eastpointe on Oct. 14.

Kabacinski, 47, wore a U.S. Army uniform and a military police armband as he was arraigned in the 38th District Court in Eastpointe on Oct. 29 on charges of impersonating a public officer, a one-year misdemeanor, and assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor. Bail was set at $7,500 cash or surety, with the ability to post 10% of that to secure release pending his next court date, a pretrial hearing on Dec. 1. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Once released, Kabacinski was ordered to have no contact with the victim in the alleged assault, a 24-year-old Eastpointe woman. He was also barred from possessing weapons of any kind.

The charges stem from an incident at Kelly and Stephens roads on Oct. 14.

According to a police report that includes statements from both Kabacinski and the victim, Kabacinski “took the female into custody” after she approached a group rallying in support of President Donald Trump and placed three Black Lives Matter stickers onto three Trump signs.

“The female then produced a canister similar to O.C. pepper spray and shot the device upon me,” Kabacinski wrote in his statement. “The canister was later identified as ‘silly string,’ a pink foaming device. After advising the female that she just defaced political signs — a criminal offense — I took the female into custody. The female then attempted to flee the scene once in handcuffs.”

During the video arraignment, an Eastpointe Police Department detective told the judge Kabacinski “used a pressure point tactic” on the victim’s hand and “then physically placed her in handcuffs.” The woman reportedly remained in handcuffs as Kabacinski sat next to her until police arrived.

The detective told the judge the victim and another witness questioned Kabacinski “about being the real police,” after which Kabacinski allegedly “removed his wallet from his pocket and flashed a badge to them and then put the wallet back in his pocket.”

Officers from the St. Clair Shores Police Department responded to the scene after a 911 call. According to a report, an officer immediately removed the handcuffs.  

Kabacinski did not return phone calls or text messages about the charges.

Asked previously about the incident, he said the woman’s placement of the stickers “was antagonistic and it was to elicit a response.”

Kabacinski said he worked for the Inkster Police Department for three years before he went into the U.S. Army and became a military police officer. He said previously, “I believe I’ve acted in the spirit of the LEOSA act,” a federal law he said gives retired civilian, federal and military law enforcement officers powers to carry concealed weapons and detain those who “breach the peace” or break the law.

He told the court he would retain an attorney to represent him in the Eastpointe case.

At the Oct. 27 meeting of the Warren City Council, Council President Pat Green read a statement that decried Kabacinski’s actions at a Sept. 19 demonstration in Warren, where he gathered with others to support Trump and law enforcement across the street from a “March Against Racism.” The march was organized in the wake of a series of hate crimes that targeted a local Black family. Kabacinski was at the event wearing military gear and open carrying a handgun on his hip. Video shared on social media showed him addressing demonstrators through a bullhorn along Hoover Road.

Candace and Eddie Hall, whose home and property were targeted, also spoke during the council’s virtual meeting to address Kabacinski and his actions.

“You cannot be out there toting guns in Army fatigues. We (Candace and Eddie Hall) are both veterans. We served our country so we can live free,” Candace Hall said. “Mr. Kabacinski please, for the will of this district, walk away.”

In his statement, Green said, “The Warren City Council condemned these acts, extending our sympathies to the Hall family and further offering our support to the Police Department to bring the perpetrators to justice. On Sept. 19, Councilman Kabacinski participated in a demonstration considered by many to be in opposition to an antiracism protest. I want to state for the record and on behalf of the entire City Council that Mr. Kabacinski’s actions, while protected under the First Amendment, were perceived as a disregard for the Hall family, the residents of District 5 and the advancement of racial harmony in the city of Warren.”

Green said he had received several calls for Kabacinski to be censured by his council peers.

“In the absence of that authority to directly remove him and comply with these requests, we firmly regard Mr. Kabacinski’s behavior to be inconsistent with our duties as elected officials, our approach to creating a more tolerant environment that fosters racial harmony and reaffirms our position of unity with the Hall family and all victims of racial injustice in Warren and throughout the country and the world,” Green said.

The South Warren Alliance for Radical Movement, which organized the Sept. 19 rally along with Detroit Will Breathe, issued a statement about Kabacinski on Oct. 28.

A portion of the statement read, “We are heartened that Eddie is facing some measure of accountability for his actions — which we believe reveal a deeply troubling pattern. Eddie has lost the public’s trust and he must resign, be removed from office or face a recall.”

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