Michigan State Police trooper sues alleging he was fired for blowing the whistle on supervisors for drinking on duty

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A Michigan state police officer claims in a lawsuit that he was fired in retaliation for whistling supervisors in the whistle for having drunk alcohol while on duty at a party in 2020.

Mark Andrews claims in the lawsuit, filed in the Wayne County Circuit, that he was wrongfully dismissed and that his rights were violated under the Veterans’ Preference Act.

“Had I prayed in my tongue, things would probably have been different. But in the back of my mind, I still would have known it was happening,” Andrews said. Detroit Free Press.

Andrews, 32, said the MSP accused him of lying when he whistled for the party on August 28, 2020 in Dundee and fired him twice. An arbitrator overturned the first firing and Andrews is currently battling the second firing while on paid administrative leave. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for next month.

Andrews said he was concerned police who drank would not be able to respond to an emergency.

“God forbid there was a shooting,” Andrews said. “Now all your supervisors will not respond, or if they do, they are drunk.”

While Andrews did not attend the party, which was supposed to be a working meeting, he said he has documents to prove it happened, claiming that another soldier told him that a sergeant was drinking alcohol and that it the same sergeant later admitted to him that the party was happening.

Due to pandemic restrictions, Andrews said the party should take place externally.

MSP spokeswoman Shanon Banner said the agency conducted a full review of Andrews’ allegations and found no misdemeanors.

“The investigation determined that members of the Monroe Post met in a private residence” for a staff meeting, which she said was being held outdoors due to pandemic restrictions.

“There was no evidence that alcoholic beverages were consumed during this meeting,” she added. “An informal gathering took place after the meeting (starting at 3pm) and the participating members were free at that time according to their respective timesheets.”

Andrews replied that the supervisors – sergeants, two lieutenants and a captain – were on duty.

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