Lansing Police Chief gives update at board of police meeting

Mayor Schor wishes Chief Yankowski good luck (Source LPD)
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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski gave an update on some controversial topics at Tuesday night's Lansing Police Department's Board of Commissioners meeting.

This meeting marked the first meeting since Chief Yankowski announced his retirement.

A major topic surrounding the police department currently is the controversial arrest of a Lansing teenager involving two LPD officers.

Cell phone and police body cam video shows one of the officers repeatedly striking the teen on the leg for refusing to put her foot in the patrol car.

Police have said it's a common tactic used when someone is resisting arrest, and Yankowski said the investigation is something he doesn't want to leave unfinished.

"The goal, if I have anything to do with it, is that I would like to get that wrapped up before I retire on July 31st, but what I have learned throughout the years, is that you can control investigations sometimes, but I'm hopeful we can get this thing resolved before the 31st so that the community can have some answers and so that we can grow and learn together as a community," Yankowski said.

The chief also said Captain Daryl Green will be taking over as interim police chief until a permanent chief is named.

Yankowski has been with the LPD for 25 years.

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