Macomb County Prosecutor 'in fear for his life' from former employee

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 18:09:45-04

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith claims he is in fear for his life from a former employee - a former cop who carries a gun. 

Smith has testified under oath in a deposition that a cartoon posted on Facebook caused him to be concerned for his safety because it was shared by a former employee, according to Attorney Deborah Gordon.

Smith's attorney Tom Fleury tells 7 Action News that this case should not be tried in the press, that Chuchran carried a gun to work everyday and an employer can’t take any chanced with safety.

This is part of a state and federal whistleblower lawsuit filed by Robert Chuchran. 

Chuchran worked for more than 20 years as a Roseville Police Officer and then an investigator in the Prosecutor’s Office. 

Gordon says Chuchran was disciplined in retaliation for informing Michigan State Police that the Prosecutor’s Office was cutting corners using the LEIN, Law Enforcement Information Network. 

Gordon claims prosecutors put in “fake” arrest warrants to get quicker results in back due child support cases, making innocent people victims in an abuse of power.

Chuchran retired from the prosecutors office, but he was also escorted out and told he could not enter Macomb County public buildings, according to the lawsuit.