Police officer pleads guilty to neglect of duty


A West Michigan police officer has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor neglect of duty in a car theft case.

The Berrien County prosecutor's office said this week that surveillance video showed 36-year-old Reginald Gee of the Benton Harbor Police Department speaking to a person inside a car that had been reported stolen.

The Honda was reported stolen on Sept. 12 in Bridgman. Gee was on patrol on Sept. 14 when he came across the car in Benton Harbor and reported that it was unoccupied.

An investigation revealed that Gee and the person in the Honda know one another.

Gee has been sentenced to fines and court costs of $535.

Proceedings are being held regarding his employment with the police department.

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