SOUTHGATE, MI – Matthew Lawrence Furman, 34-years-old, of Allen Park, a Melvindale Police Sergeant, was charged with Assault and Battery and Willful Neglect of Duty. He entered a No Contest Plea to those charges.
On February 1, 2019 at approximately 9:44 p.m., Defendant Melvindale Police Sergeant Matthew Furman, along with another Melvindale police officer, were dispatched to a residence in the 17300 block of Clarran Avenue in Melvindale, to respond to a call of a drunk and disorderly person. Upon arrival, Furman found the 42-year-old intoxicated victim.
It is alleged that Furman while attempting to escort the victim down stairs into the basement to recover, had contact with the victim causing him to fall. It is further alleged that Furman willfully neglected his duty while handling the intoxicated victim. EMS was called and the victim was transported to a local hospital.
Furman was charged with Assault and Battery, a 93 day misdemeanor, and Willful Neglect of Duty, a misdemeanor with a one year penalty. Furman was arraigned on Monday, May 6th, 2019. He was given a personal bond in 28th District Court in Southgate. Furman entered a no contest plea to Willful Neglect of Duty, with one year of probation with the condition that he attend anger management classes, with restitution, fines, and costs to be determined by the court. The Assault and Battery charge will be dismissed at the sentence hearing. The sentence will held on July 12, 2019 in 28th District Court.