Amazon driver arrested in Warren to face misdemeanor charges

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 22, 2020

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WARREN — An Amazon delivery driver arrested by Warren police in June during a confrontation that began with an alleged parking violation will face charges after all.

After they initially declined to authorize a felony charge sought in a Warren Police Department warrant request, Macomb County prosecutors have filed two misdemeanor charges, alleging that Jaylen Bond, 23, of Detroit, refused to provide his driver’s license when ordered to do so by a police officer.

Bond was arrested on June 9 on Engleman Avenue, west of Hoover Road, after an afternoon incident that apparently began when he parked a work van along the curb on the south side of Engleman, facing west, and walked up to a home to deliver a package. A Warren Police Department traffic officer arrived on a motorcycle, and neighbors said there was a verbal exchange before Bond was taken to the ground and arrested.

The arrest was captured on video and shared on social media. Investigations into Bond’s actions and the officer’s conduct followed. Warren police investigated the matter internally before requesting an independent investigation and review by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, which issued a statement on July 13 declaring that the officer’s actions did not violate state criminal law, based on their findings.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office was also asked to complete a review of the incident as it relates to the Warren Police Department’s general orders governing the duties of officers, policies and arrest procedures, including the use of non-lethal force. The officer was found in compliance, and no policy violations were noted.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the investigation is now closed and that the officer has returned to duty, having previously been on administrative leave.

“The Warren Police Department is in agreement with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office on the misdemeanor charges,” Dwyer said. “We appreciate and respect the prosecutor’s review of the incident on June 9, 2020, and believe the charges are appropriate.”

Bond’s attorney, Donald Andrews, called the decision to charge his client “puzzling” and questioned how it came about.

“This whole thing has been a surprise to me,” Andrews said. “I’ve been practicing for 25 years. I’ve never had them make a decision and then all of a sudden change their mind.”

Andrews said Bond still works for Amazon and that the company has been supportive. He said Bond has been off work and was left with psychological issues “because of this.”

Dwyer said Warren’s in-house investigation revealed the officer asked Bond for his license 11 times during the exchange and that Bond was arrested when he failed to comply.

Andrews said police went too far.

“If he had a problem with the way the vehicle was parked, he should have written a parking ticket and been done with it. That’s not what he was doing here,” Andrews said. “If you look at the video, this was the officer trying to impose his will on a person, not because of what actually happened, but because he just didn’t like him for some reason.”

In a statement released after the latest decision about the charges was reported, Andrews said the facts in the case have not changed and that the charges are unfounded. He also said it appeared as if “undue pressure” from the Warren Police Department had been applied in an attempt to “silence” Bond and “brand him a criminal.”

Andrews said the defense would meet the allegations “head on.”

Dwyer called the allegation that the Warren Police Department applied pressure to bring about charges “inappropriate and untrue.”

“We had nothing to do with the decision made by the Prosecutor’s Office,” Dwyer said. “Our responsibility is to present to the Prosecutor’s Office our findings. They make a decision as far as if they’re going to issue a warrant or not.”

Bond faces a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $100, plus any court costs. According to court records, a hearing was scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Aug. 25 in the 37th District Court before Judge Michael Chupa.

A message left with the office of Macomb County Prosecutor Jean Cloud had not been returned July 22.

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