Ex-Michigan official charged with threatening 3 scooter-riding teens, hitting one with a flashlight

BAY CITY, Mich. – A former Michigan Civil Service executive has been charged after threatening three teenage boys who were riding Bird scooters in a parking lot, then hitting one of them with a flashlight, police said.

Michael Cecchini, 56, was placed on administrative leave on September 18 after a confrontation in the parking lot of his bay town home, authorities said.

Three teenagers were riding rented Bird scooters in the parking lot of Cecchini’s apartment building, officials said. Cecchini was off duty at the time, but used his badge while threatening the teens with arrest and physical violence, police say.

At one point, Cecchini struck one of the teens in the lower chest with the butt of his flashlight, authorities said.

An argument between the two continued until the police arrived at the scene.

“No one is above the law, and law enforcement officials should not expect special treatment when they abuse their authority,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. .

One of the teenagers captured most of the confrontation on cellphone video.

Cecchini is charged with assault and battery.

He announced his retirement on October 2 while charges were pending.

The arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26 at the 74th District Court.

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