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Detroit police sergeant suspended in connection to officer's death retiring from force

Posted at 4:38 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 16:43:23-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit police sergeant who was suspended in connection to the fatal shooting of Officer Rasheen McClain is retiring from the force.

Sgt. Ronald Kidd had previously been fired for cowardice, Detroit Police Chief James Craig has said.

The move was announced by his attorney Thursday afternoon. During a news conference, the attorney says Kidd suffers from PTSD.

According to sources, the department is now investigating how Kidd was allowed to return after he was fired by an internal disciplinary board back in 2014.

Chief Craig also said that a plea agreement to change Kidd's termination to a suspension after 68 days had Craig's signature forged on the document.

The incident in 2014 allegedly was caught on body camera video and showed Kidd standing by while a female DPD officer was being assaulted. It's not clear his rank at the time.

In June of last year, Kidd was promoted to sergeant, due to union rules that made him be put on the promotion list.