- [MI] Combat instructor Officer Essad still TRUSTED after beating bloodying, breaking, balding his wife? - Shelby Township police officer faces criminal charges and his employment future is uncertain after his arrest over the weekend for allegedly assaulting his wife
- [MI] Julie is suing her husband, Officer Essad - ...Julie Essad was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for a fat lip, black eye, a broken nose and a bruise on her neck; she was readmitted the next week when it was determined she had suffered a closed-head injury...
The Oakland Press
July 2nd, 2008, Page A 10
A Shelby Township police officer awaiting trial for beating his wife has been fired. David Essad, 34, was notified recently by township police Chief Robert Leman that his arrest in Oakland County on charges of felonious asssault and domestic violence will cost Essad his job. "Your conduct on April 11, 2008 violates state law and department guidelines," Lemon wrote in a memo dated June 26, 2008. "Your behavior also tarnishes the police department's mission to serve and protect the citizens of Shelby Township." Essad, an 8-year veteran of the Shelby Township Police Department, is awaiting trial in Oakland County Circuit Court. He's due back in court July 15 for a pre-trial conerence. Jerome Sabbota, who represents Essad on the criminal charges, said the case "could be resolved" on that date. Asked if that meant a plea bargain, Sabota replied, "Could be." Sabbota also said he expects the officer's union will appeal Leman's decision. "I think it (the discharge) is jumping the gun," Sabbota said. (Essad) is still in court. The case could be resolved in his favor." Essad is accused of beating his wife, Julie, as the two drove home from a night celebrating Julie's birthday. He also is accused of threatening his wife with a gun. Oakland County deputies found the couple in a parking lot on Rochester Road, near Tienken Road about 12:30 a.m. April 12. Julie Essad was inside the vehicle, suffering from a broken nose and other injuries, police said. The Shelby Township officer who was intoxicated, was lying on the ground near the car. In his memo to Daid Essad, Leman cited the "violent and criminal nature" of Essad's actions and wrote, "I find no mitigating factors to warrant against my decision to terminate your employment." Essad is entitled to appeal Leman's decision, either to the police and fire Civil Service Commission or through binding arbitration.