- [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...
- [MI] Detective Essad fired. Beating Julie tarnished department. - ..."Your conduct on April 11, 2008 violates state law and department guidelines... Your behavior also tarnishes the police department's mission to serve and protect the citizens of Shelby Township"...
Journal Register News Service
By Shaun Byron
August 8, 2008
[Excerpts] A former Shelby Township police officer could face jail time after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated domestic violence and admitting assaulting his wife. David Essad, 34, appeared Tuesday morning before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar on charges that he beat his wife, Julie Essad, and threatened to kill her while holding a gun last April. She has since filed for divorce. David Essad had been charged with felonious assault with a gun, a 4-year felony, and aggravated domestic violence, a 1-year misdemeanor. The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office made an agreement with his attorney, Jerome Sabbota, to amend the charges in exchange for a plea. The prosecutor's office and Kumar also had received a letter from Julie Essad, stating David Essad had been complying with court-ordered treatment for alcohol abuse and has remained sober. Kumar also granted requests to lift a no-contact order and cancel the tether, which were all part of his bond requirements. David Essad will return before Kumar to be sentenced Sept. 9. Essad has been fired from his job as a Shelby Township police officer. He has filed a grievance over the discharge and the issue is headed to arbitration. In May, Julie Essad testified at a preliminary exam in 52-3 District Court that she and her husband had been at Gus O'Connor's in Rochester on April 11 to celebrate her birthday. She told the court that David Essad drank heavily, became upset because she spoke to an ex-boyfriend, and began yelling and swearing at her in the car as she drove them home. Julie Essad said he repeatedly pulled her hair and banged her head against the driver's side window. She said she pulled into a parking lot, where David Essad continued to scream and bit her ear. David Essad, she said, then brandished his gun and made threats to kill her. Sabbota said if his client continues to abide by the court's requirements, he will be allowed to continue working as an officer because the felony charge was dropped. David Essad, he said, is looking forward to settling the issue and continuing with his life. [Full article here