Update: Lansing Jail Officer Facing Felony

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

LANSING - A detention officer for the Lansing Police has been suspended as she faces a felony charge. Detention Officer Beth Jill Rios, 51, is on paid administrative leave, after being arraigned Thursday on 1 count of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner. State police investigators say Rios, in her capacity as a detention officer, performed an alcohol breathalyzer test and did not provide the information from that breath test. State Police did not elaborate on why Rios did this.

Lansing police requested that the Michigan State Police conduct the independent investigation. The Lansing Police Internal Affairs Unit is also investigating, and beyond the criminal proceedings, will determine if Rios acted outside the department's policies and procedures. A statement released by Lansing Police says, "Penalties that may be issued to a D.O. may range from a counseling statement to the maximum penalty which is termination per the department's discipline matrix. "

News 10's Hannah Saunders is speaking with Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski about the matter. Watch News 10 tonight at 6 o'clock for details on this investigation.


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