Detroit City Council pro tem let off after alcohol found in car

Detroit City Council president pro tem let off after alcohol, pot found in vehicle

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Cushingberry shared his side of the story Thursday night with Fox 2's Alexis Wiley Cushingberry shared his side of the story Thursday night with Fox 2's Alexis Wiley
A screenshot from Cushingberry's Facebook page A screenshot from Cushingberry's Facebook page
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Detroit City Council president pro tem George Cushingberry Jr. was let off with only a ticket after an open alcoholic beverage container and marijuana were discovered inside his vehicle.

The discovery was made when Cushingberry was pulled over in Detroit on January 7, 2014. An officer saw the open container and marijuana inside Cushingberry's vehicle.

The officer wanted to arrest and charge Cushingberry, and the officer's supervisor came on scene. The supervisor then issued a ticket to Cushingberry for failure to signal and let him go.

"A supervisor was contacted who responded to the scene. A decision was made that the council person would be cited and released. That did happen, there was no arrest," confirms Detroit Police Chief James Craig.  

The officer who made the discovery then reported the incident to the department. Chief James Craig has launched an internal investigation, with said supervisor at the focus of the investigation.

Cushingberry shares his side of the story with Fox 2's Alexis Wiley:

"There was another man in the car with me by the name of Richard Clement, who is a Michigan medical marijuana patient. He had marijuana on his person. That's what the cops smelled. He told them up front that he was a medical marijuana patient. There was an empty bottle that was in the back of my car but it was an old bottle. And, so, when the supervisor came, he said, 'There's no open alcohol; there's nothing in this."

Sources also say Cushingberry tried to flea police and then flashed his City Council badge.

To that, Cushingberry responds, "Why would a city councilman try to run away from a cop?"

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from Cushingberry and Chief Craig in a report from Fox 2's Alexis Wiley

After the news broke Thursday night, someone posted to Cushingberry's Facebook page asking, "how is this one going to play out?"

Cushingberry's Facebook account responded: "My assistant likes pot.. a lot"

Then, another response: "We love and respect the men and women of the [Detroit] Police.."

These are not the first comments to go under fire from the account, which reads as his "official" Facebook page. Earlier this week, in response to an unfavorable editorial posted by The Detroit News, a staff member used the account to reply: "Dear Detroit News, Go to hell. Go straight to hell. Do not pass go and don't even think about collection $200. Jones and Cush will lead the Push for an even Greater Detroit. #WeLoveDetroit."

Cushingberry stands by the comment.

The Detroit City Council could possibly decide Cushingberry is no longer fit to be president pro tem, and could vote to remove him from the spot. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr could also take action and strip Cushingberry of his pay and revoke his power as a council member.

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