Inkster Police Chief Hilton Napoleon resigns

(WXYZ) - Inkster Police Chief Hilton Napoleon formally resigned from his position Friday, announcing it in a press conference at city hall. This followed a resignation letter and statement issued Thursday.

Napoleon is stepping down after three and a half years on the job.

He said the recent murder of a 2-year-old baby made the decision "that much easier."

"It was an honor and a pleasure to serve the many wonderful people of the City of Inkster," Napoleon wrote in a statement.. 

The triple shooting that took the life of the 2-year-old girl was an act of revenge on the shooter's part. The department, decimated with budget cuts, had to ask the Michigan State Police to take over the investigation.

Sources tell 7 Action News that Napoleon has asked for help in the past to get his officers the patrol cars and equipment they need to do their jobs.

But was this a departure due to the recent death of a child, and lack of resources, or scandal brewing within the ranks?

Sources tell Action News that an outside independent audit of the police department paid for by the city was not expected to put Napoleon in a good light and some say the top cop of Inkster decided to get out before he was pushed out.

However, Friday, the city manager praised the outgoing chief, as the two prepared to travel to the wake for the child shot and killed in the recent shooting.

The chief leaves behind a department in turmoil. Some officers telling Action News Friday, they feel defeated and abandoned without a leader.

When asked Friday if he was abandoning the department in a time of need, he replied, "No."

An acting chief has been named, as the search for a permanent one gets underway.

 

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