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Rochester Police Officer Resigns After Being Charged With Assault

Russell Glass was not on duty when he followed a girl home from the scene of a minor accident and assaulted her dad, police say.

A officer resigned this week after being charged with felonious assault and with brandishing a firearm in connection with a minor car accident  in Shelby Township.

Russell Glass was not on duty when the incident occurred on April 13, according to Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino. Glass resigned Monday, the same day he was arraigned in 41-A District Court.

Glass pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to a report from the Shelby Township Police Department, Glass and a 16-year-old Shelby Township girl were involved in a minor car accident around 6 p.m. that Friday. Glass told police the teenage driver cut him off as she turned right onto 24 Mile Road at Van Dyke Avenue; the girl told police she never felt a crash and continued driving.

The girl told police Glass followed her to her home near 24 Mile and Schoenherr roads. At the home, Glass was met by the girl's father.

According to the police report, an "altercation" occurred and Glass pulled out a gun. According to Vettraino, the gun was not issued by the Rochester Police Department.

Glass was released on a $10,000 personal bond.

Patricia April 26, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Won't visit because of the police reputation? And your friends reputation????
Patricia April 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
You still however find nurses, doctors, teachers, postal employees, business owners where an individual, regardless of screening and testing has a problem. Have you read the news lately about all the "screened" long term teachers that have been fired for far worse crimes/behavior? Did we fire the principals and school superintendents? No, and did we judge our entire educational system on a few teachers? No. You can only screen so much. The department is better with his departure just as schools without certain "teachers", just as any business that at times, comes across a situation where an employed individual acts adversely and must be fired or resign.
Tim April 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I've lived in Rochester for 12 years and I think the Police do a great job here. I was pulled over for going a few miles over on Main Street. The officer was professional and gave me a warning. Since then i have never driven over 25. In our neighborhood we have had to call the police a few times in 12 years and they have been here within a few minutes. They were helpful and professional. Keep up the good work. Let's not let one situation, that has yet to be settled give the entire dept. a bad name.
Kristin Bull (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 02:06 PM
What fundraisers do you speak of, RK? Most of the fundraising events the police and fire departments participate in are in support of various community causes ... not their own departments, right?
Patricia April 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The segways were a very generous donation from a resident-at crowded community events, it gives the police a little extra height for visibility and also to maneuver through the crowds--in addition, the community interaction asking the police about them and the kids love them--the Harley, with the Main Street Makeover, a Harley that can take up less room in a more narrowed and at times crowded street is just what is needed to keep the department responding as fast as possible, not to mention the maneuverability through the traffic. As far as Oakland County taking over our police department--it will not happen. You want Oakland County Sheriff? Rochester Hills is a good example of wrestling not only with the cost , but the coverage and the translates into open your wallets, there is not enough money... I don't think this City will ever take a step backwards, ever. It's progressive, vibrant, energetic and led by people who are experienced, saw us through a tremendous time of change and kept us financially sound. Our officers deserve and have earned the support of this City.
mmh April 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
It is not hard to respond to every call fast when the total square miles of Rochester is approx. 4 with the population at approximately 13,000. Just for a comparison, Rochester Hills is approx. 34 square miles with a population of approx. 75,000.
mmh April 26, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I live in Rochester as well and love the place, however there are some advantages to Rochester that have nothing to do with the police department. I hear there are quick responders - It is not hard to respond to every call fast when the total square miles of Rochester is approx. 4 with the population at approximately 13,000. Just for a comparison, Rochester Hills is approx. 34 square miles with a population of approx. 75,000. I also think putting the Police Department on the top of the list as the reason people come to Rochester is taking away from the actual quality things this city offers, small town feel, historial preservation, parks, great schools, great shopping, great dining - all things the the various Committes of Rochester have strived to obtain. I also agree one person does not make a Department but I do question why the Police Department needs so many "toys" (Challenger, SUVs, Motorcycles, etc.) - it is 4 SQUARE MILES!
Patricia April 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
For Rochester Hills its a matter of adequate staffing to cover the area, its the ratio- They are understaffed and have talked about it. As far as the cost and how to fund, that is a whole other story. But you have a good point mmh---because we have our own department, adequate staffing and given the area, our department can have a fast response time. We are not waiting for a more thinly spread out department to respond and for that we are thankful.
Peter Adair April 26, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I lived in Rochester for about 5 years, My interactions with the Police were great! Getting pulled over for, well, going 30-35mph in a 25, they were very kind in handling the situation, obviously not giving me a ticket. The other incident I had was my wife locked the keys in the car with our 1 1/2 year old in his car seat! I was at work and she called them for help, they were there in 5 minutes and came to our help! I do not have one negative thing to say about the Rochester Police. In regards to this incident, imagine the situation, your 16 year old daughter calls and says someone is tailgating her and following her, she gets home, Dad and the officer start yelling at each other, tensions are high! No wonder something happened, this is what happens when details are not communicated to all the parties, Dad/Officer(off duty)/Accident .
Alan Gibson April 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I lived in the Rochester area for over 40 years. The department was very proactive in working with the schools. The officers were always polite and approachable. I wonder what your friends are doing that might lead them to be detained? I am sure there must be a reason.
Patricia April 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I agree that it takes a lot to make a City what it is, but safety, feeling safe, was as I said "near the top of the list" --it certainly was above our businesses and fine dining and shopping--as far as the "toys", I think in a post above this, I responded. I don't think of these as toys, they serve a real purpose in providing a very vital essential service.
Mackey Chandler April 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The police in Rochester are not perfect, but most of what I've seen them do is just petty - for example going along the edge of the park and putting up temporary no parking signs and then ticketing the cars already there. Try going down into Detroit where you are as likely to have you home invaded by police as crooks, and they arrest everybody at a crime scene to sweat them for information. They arrest relatives as hostages when they can't find a criminal like third world dictators. Count your blessings.
jim April 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
went to court with my son over a ticket, rochester cop was a liar, but i stood up for my son, ticket was throw out.....
Mark Ford April 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Calm down everyone, let's let our judicial system work. Mr. Glass is innocent until proven guilty. As far a our police department is concerned, I believe that Chief Schettenhelm has assembled a rather professional group of officers. He is a no-nonsence manager with an impeccable background. I am confident that this alleged incident will be investigated thoroughly and that the truth will be exposed. As a former Deputy, it has been my experience that those who have nothing good to say about members of the law enforcement profession, are usually those who have had a run-in with the "law". Even Barney Fife had enemies.
Patricia April 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
The incident was off the job, on his own time and quite frankly is a private matter. It is between him, his lawyer, the other parties and the judge and since he resigned it's really none of our business.
lynda April 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I wonder why you find it necessary to defend this jerk, as I find from your rantings you are willing to spout off on so many subjects, many of which are none of your business.
lynda April 27, 2012 at 01:55 AM
The incident is apparently a public matter, as it was committed by someone who is supposed to uphold the law.
Patricia April 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
We all should uphold the law. Also, I didn't defend the "jerk". I just stated he was not on the job when it happened. I also never referred to him in any name calling way like you have. I don't know if he is a "jerk", I just know something happened that shouldn't have. Please enlighten me as to which subjects you feel (felt) are none of my business? You used the word "jerk", "spouting off", and "ranting" all in one sentence. Then state that certain articles are none of my business. Articles I have commented are of a political nature, tax funded entities, roads or urban sprawl, preservation of green space? So, which ones are none of my business? Now, go back and re-read my posts on this ....big difference in the context of what I wrote and what you wrote. Big difference. Also, given the choice I use my name, don't' hide behind the choice of using any "made up" name or first name only to hide my identification. Again, big difference.
Bob Jackie April 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Russell Glass resigned on his own. Good riddance. Who wants a power raving maniac waving a gun around in the community. If this was his judgement on a "so called fender bender" imagine what he would be like in a real police situation. Russell Glass blew his cover by blowing his stack and now he is paying for it.
Stan Surratt April 27, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Mark, you are the voice of reason. Everyone, heed Mark's words, calm down, let the legal system work!
Frank D. April 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
This incident is might be the tip of the iceberg..I cannot believe that nobody in the RPD never noticed his egomaniac behavior...He was with the RPD for about sixteen years. I do agree with the two previous posters and like to question the human resources knowledge and judgement of the RPD..
Frank D. April 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Assume for a minute that one or both of the gentlemen ( the father and the neighbor) were carrying a legal concealed weapon....and this cop got shot in self defense. This situation could have happened as you are allowed to eliminate this life threatening situation...Just to prove how stupid this Russel Glass is.
Dee Kay April 30, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I just wonder how many of the people who have already condemned Glass as guilty, have never felt road rage of any kind themselves. I also wonder how many of them were also there and know for a fact whether the other guy also had a gun visible or not. I do not condone what happened by any stretch, but I also know that you are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in this country. Blaming others in the RPD for the behavior of Glass says more about the inadequacies of the accusers on this board than it does of the administration of the city or the PD. Glass may very well be guilty as charged, he may very well be one of the aggressive bullies that gives all cops a bad name, or he may be totally innocent. We won't know that until he has his day in court so everyone should learn to quit being so judgmental and let the legal system run its course. He has already resigned from the force so what more do people want? Locking him up at this point will do nothing except waste more of the taxpayers money.
Rick H April 30, 2012 at 11:07 PM
OK....you are correct. Let them carry guns, but make them ask Andy for a bullet. I don't trust these Key Stone cops. They are almost qualified to give tickets to people walking dogs in the Park without a permit, or ticketing cars that are "backed in" to parking spots, but not much more. Call the Oakland County Sheriff if you need real police attention. By the way, the Rochester Police are not respected by the Oakland County Sheriffs. They are tolerated, at best.
Rick H April 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
They are not hiding in the School's Admin building parking lot or Wier Manuals lot to control traffic. They are trying to raise money. If they cared at all about trying to control the speed of traffic, they would be very visible. People naturally slow down when they see a police car. These guys need to raise money to stay employed.
Rick H April 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Mark...I would agree with you if I didn't have so many negative experiences with these guys. And, its not just me. A few years ago, a college student who lives a few houses from me was driving home from a Rochester bar where he worked as a bus boy. It was about 2:30 in the morning. This same kid was interning with the Oakland County Sheriffs Department because he was planning to be a cop when he graduated. Anyway, during his half-mile drive from downtown Rochester to his home in Rochester, he was stopped by a Rochester cop. The cop smelled beer and questioned him. He said he was coming home from work and of course smelled like beer since he was busing tables all night. The Rochester cop saw the students Oakland County uniform that he used when interning and accused him of stealing it. He took the uniform and put it in his car. He was getting ready to breathalize the kid, when by chance an Oakland County Sheriff was driving by and recognized the kid. The Sheriff thankfully interjected. He told the Rochester cop to give the kid back his uniform and let him go home. He asked why he stopped him in the first place and the cop lied by saying the kid was driving erratically. Of course the Sheriff and the kid knew that that was not the case. If the Sheriff had not driven by at that time, things could have been very bad for the college kid. He is now a cop in Warren. I could give you five more examples. Not fiction. Very sadly true.
Rick H April 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM
It's amazing how abusive some people get when they can hide behind a badge and gun.
Rick H April 30, 2012 at 11:43 PM
We have no idea how many incidents similar to this have happened in Rochester. You are smart not to trust these guys. I once wanted to register a complaint against an officer and I was told to come back during business hours. Only in Rochester.
Rick H April 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I hope the Rochester Police read your posting before they lock up the next kid they catch urinating outside the Billiards Bar after closing. It seems like I read about that happening every week in the "Crime" section of the Rochester Post. Couldn't they just say "quit peeing in the parking lot." Oh, I guess they don't get any money from being reasonable.
Patricia May 01, 2012 at 12:11 AM
This is only serving to bring out the negativity of a few persons-too bad. Anyone knows that the OCSD has been in the news media many many times for a lot of negative situations. Based on the numbers, any one would tell you they are normal for the size of the department and the population they serve. But that isn't being talked about with regards to the OCSD. Now as far as numbers go, the same can be said about the RPD as well. The numbers also fall in line, and actually they are quite low in comparison to number of employees in the department and the population they serve. Very low and this is good and serves us well. But what isn't being mentioned is the heroic acts by these men and women. The times they are called and respond and you pray they get there fast. One person does not make the department, and it doesn't matter if they wear RPD or OCSD uniforms. This is not a department that is being held accountable and tried. This is a single individual who is being held accountable for his own actions. We need to remember that.

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