Lansing Cop Suspended for 3 Weeks

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

LANSING - A Lansing police officer is suspended from the force, after being convicted and sentenced for impaired driving. Sgt. Todd Johnson was suspended three weeks without pay by Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski. This is "the maximum penalty less than termination that may be issued to an officer per the department's Discipline Matrix," according to a press release issued by the department Wednesday.

Johnson, who has been an officer with the LPD for 17 years, was arrested on August 23rd by the Dewitt Township Police on a charge of operating while intoxicated. Johnson pleaded guilty to a slightly lesser charge of impaired driving in September. He was sentenced earlier this month to pay $1,704 in fines and court costs.

"Officers are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner off duty as well as on duty as they represent the LPD. I expect only the best conduct from them, but most importantly the citizens of Lansing expect this of them as well," said Chief Teresa A. Szymanski in a written statement to the media. "Sergeant Johnson's poor choice in this matter is regrettable."

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  • by Lansing Location: Lansing on Oct 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    When my friend got an impared she lost her licence for 6 months when she got it back she had to have a bethalizer put on her car and paid a monthly fee for it plus all the fees and fines and the increased insurance rates. Also to Jo tax payer he didn't loose his job he basically got laid off for 3 weeks and if he has vaction or sick time they will probaly let him use that.
  • by Josh on Oct 19, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    There is a lot of ignorance here. He wasn't on the job when he was drunk, so his future testimony is NOT worthless. If he had been caught speeding would his testimony be worthless if people challenge speeding tickets he writes? Of course not, what foolishness. Most people who agree to plea guilty for their first offense get exactly the same deal that this cop got, myself included when I got picked up for DWI in college. He probably will have his license restricted except for work (unless they move him to a desk job, which is possible) which is THE SAME DEAL EVERYONE ELSE GETS. If you want to talk about dirty cops, talk about the dewitt officer who ran into a lady's house and never was charged. Now THAT was shady.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 at 03:37 PM
    Funny, when I got my impaired driving I lost my license for a mandatory 6 months. I wonder if he will have the same repremand DOUBT IT!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    If this was anyone else than a cop, they would had the drunk driving charges. Still 3 weeks lost in pay and 1700 fee is a lot. Now anyone pull over for this guy for drunk driving now has a valid claim that the cop might be drunk while on the job. His testimony as a patrolman is worthless now.
  • by Bob Location: Holt on Oct 17, 2012 at 09:29 AM
    Problem with Barney Fife here is still there just swept under the carpet for now.
  • by jo tax payer Location: MI on Oct 17, 2012 at 09:16 AM
    I think its great he got fired but I know people that was right at the limit with breathalizer and spent more time in jail and cost them alot more money so still unfair
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