Former Detroit Police officer pleads guilty to bribery conspiracy

Former Detroit Police Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, who previously supervised the department’s integrity unit, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with another officer to commit bribery, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Kennedy, 57, of Rochester Hills, was accused of bribery as part of a broader investigation into public corruption involving Detroit city government officials and the towing industry.

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Detroit Police Department squad car.

Initially charged with three counts bribery and one count of conspiracy, Kennedy and former Detroit Police Officer Daniel Vickers were accused of teaming up in May 2017 and began accepting cash, cars, car parts, car repairs and other valuables from an unnamed person involved in the towing industry in exchange for their influence and help getting a towing company business unlawfully, as described in an October 2021 federal indictment.