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Friday, June 25, 2010

[MI] Grand Traverse Sheriff's Deputy Kipp Needham's domestic: "You're going to have to kill me"

Although Deputy Kipp Needham said that arrestinig officers would have to kill him, the officers didn't. Anyone else - they would have. He is said to have choked a trooper and punched the trooper REPEATEDLY in the face. He was armed - cocked and loaded. There's no clue in the news given to what he did to his wife and his daughter when he assaulted them. OF COURSE his wife wants the protection order dropped. Of course she does. And to his defense attorney and boss, OF COURSE this is an isolated incident materializing out of nowhere. OF COURSE it is. 

How will the problem find remedy where no problem is acknowledged?

News Excerpts:

Police say a 12-year veteran Grand Traverse County Sheriff's deputy turned on them, after assaulting his own family... Michigan State Police responded to a domestic situation at the deputy's home... At some point, the troopers say Needham had a loaded and cocked semi-automatic pistol... Needham tried to run from the officers... Needham punched one of the troopers in the face several times... He faces four charges, including domestic violence against two family members and assaulting a police officer [LINK]

Dispatchers could hear a woman screaming in the background... Needham told deputies, "You will have to kill me."

...Police say Needham attacked members of his family, had a loaded gun while drunk, and fought and tried to choke the trooper who tried to arrest him. His defense attorney says it was an isolated incident brought on by a "one-time set of factors"... "Very surprised and actually shocked at what happened," says Sheriff Tom Bensley. "Deputy Needham has been an excellent officer for the time that he's been with the sheriff's department." [LINK]

...Deputy Needham assaulted family members, had a locked and loaded firearm during incident... Sheriff: "This is a one time occurence..."

...Authorities on Tuesday charged Kipp Alan Needham, a 12-year member of the sheriff's department and its 2007 employee of the year, with assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury, possessing a firearm while intoxicated and two counts of domestic violence. The assault charge is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or $5,000... Police told Needham to remain on the ground, but he allegedly ignored their orders. Needham ran toward the patrol vehicle, slid his county-issued, loaded semi-automatic pistol toward police and said, "You're going to have to kill me," court records show. Needham ran to the backyard, and police gave chase with a Taser in hand. He then punched and choked a trooper, police reports show. Another trooper helped restrain Needham, and they repeatedly struck Needham in the head and handcuffed him... [LINK]
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  1. AnonymousJune 25, 2010

    Why is it that they delayed Kipp Needhams' preliminary examination until 27 July 2010?? So when he comes to court his black eye/ facial contusions will be healed and he will be more presentable?? He was arrrested in Grand Traverse County but placed in the Leelanau County Jail because of his employment as a Grand Traverse County Sheriff. His arraingment was held via video conference from the jail in Leelanau County, WHY?? He should have been treated like any other civilian would have - he should have been driven back the short distance to court in Grand Traverse County (wehre he committed the crime) and brought in with ankle shakles and handcuffs in an orange jail jumpsuit like everyone else who commits such a henious crime. He comes the start to the good ole' boys club in Grand Traverse County. My guess as to why the preliminary examination was delayed? --- He is in alcohol rehab for 30 days - Just like Judge Tom Gilbert did.

  2. AnonymousJune 27, 2010

    not a good thing for our county

  3. AnonymousJune 27, 2010

    Why don't you find out all of the facts before you convict him.

  4. If you know them, why not just say?

  5. sheryl smithSeptember 05, 2010

    My Domestic Partner of 8 years who is a Fresno County Sheriff Deputy assualted me. I pressed charges against her but unfortunely she was not arrested. My daughter who was 9 at the time gave her statement and I also had a injury on my chest that was photographed. The D.A. dropped the charges. I was told that this case should have been reviewed because she could have least got a Battery case against her. Deputy Sheriff always stated that I am the law, and no one can touch me and they will not believe you over me. This is a nightmare for me that I will never forget. This Deputy is claiming that she is just a room mate of mines and that we did a domestic partnership legal documents is that my kids needed health ins. and that she felt sorry for us. This is so not true to the least and im terrible devasted about this situation. My kids and I have been harrassed by her immediate family since the incident and i am humiliated by the dis honesty that she has protrayed on my family and I. May God bless my family and I.

  6. Write me: dg@policedomesticviolence.com

  7. Funny - upon a search of the Grand Traverse County website it states he is now going to claim the insanity defense. Trail now delayed more for evaluation. Poor Kippy

  8. WTF...now he is pleading to attempt assault on police?!!?! WTF!!!??! ATTEMPT?! Total bull...so now he can get away with assaulting his wife and another officer?!?

    He'll probably get his job back now too...that is bullshit...I'm sorry, but that is just wrong and unethical...I hope the Sheriff realizes that would be a huge mistake and LIABILITY!

  9. Wife says it was a reaction to antifungal medication. Hmmm, they smelled it on his breath.
    Wife is playing the 'victim' not in the manner a normal person would. She had to file bankruptcy, lost her house and fancy car and it's not kip's fault at all. What about the police he assaulted and his 8 yr old daughter? Hmmmmm Smells funny to me.

  10. The only disgrace to the police department will be if he is reinstated after his slap on the hands jail sentence.

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    GT County deputy faces assault charges
    Jun 02, 2010,

    Deputy arraigned; held on $250,000 bond
    Jun 02, 2010

    Grand Traverse County Deputy Arrested

    Deputy In Court To Face Charges

    Deputy Troubles Weigh On Force’s Presence

    Undersheriff: Arrest is 'black eye'
    June 3, 2010

    Deputy Needham Released From Jail

    Judge reduces jailed deputy's bond
    Jun 09, 2010

    Deputy to stand trial on assault charges
    Jul 28, 2010

    Deputy to undergo psychiatric evaluation
    Sep 15, 2010

    GT County Deputy's assault case going to trial

    Suspended officer expected to plead to misdemeanor
    January 23, 2011

    Deal may spare deputy jail
    January 27, 2011

    Text of state police Trooper Travis Peterson’s statement
    17 Feb 2011

    Sheriff to decide fate of Needham’s career at later date
    17 Feb 2011

    Deputy gets 6 months
    17 Feb 2011

    Deputy fired from the force

    Grand Traverse - Deputy Kipp Needham Relieved Of His Duties
    March 17th, 2011


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