Flint police respond to allegations of illegal background check

The Flint Police Department has responded the alleged improper use of the state’s criminal background check system on a Flint mayoral candidate, saying it was done the course of a fraud investigation. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - The Flint Police Department says it did nothing wrong when it conducted a criminal background check on a flint mayoral candidate who lead the recall effort of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

Deputy Police Chief David Bernritter sent a letter to the Michigan State Police on October 14 in response to allegations that someone in the flint police department conducted an illegal background check on Arthur Woods back in July.

In the letter Bernritter says the background check of Mr. Woodson was done during the course of a fraud investigation.

MSP recently opened an investigation into the departments use of the law enforcement information network on Woodson after Woodson filed a complaint.

Woodson says he was told of a Computerized Criminal History report run on him through Law Enforcement Information Network, or LEIN, by someone in the Flint Police Department.

LEIN reports can only be run during the course of a criminal investigation.

According to Special First Lieutenant David Kaiser, doing so outside of a criminal investigation is a misdemeanor.

Woodson believes the report was run in order to put damaging information about him on social media.

In the FPD’s response to an inquiry from the Michigan State Police LEIN Division Director, the department says the report was run as part of an arrest warrant application from the Genesee County Prosecutor’s office relating to a fraud investigation.

The full response can be read below.


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