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Former MSP Trooper Pleads No Contest in Excessive Force Prosecution
January 23, 2024
LANSING – Yesterday in the 10th Circuit Court in Saginaw, former Michigan State Police (MSP) Trooper Bram Schroeder, 28, of Freeland, pled No Contest to one count each of Aggravated Assault and Neglect of Duty for use of excessive force during a traffic stop, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced. Schroeder resigned from his position with MSP and has now surrendered his Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification as part of his plea.
Schroeder used excessive force to make an arrest while on patrol in Saginaw in March of 2022, after stopping a Saginaw man for failure to signal and speeding. The driver appeared intoxicated to Schroeder and was uncooperative with his attempted arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.
Schroeder struck the driver while he was handcuffed, knocking him unconscious. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) was called to evaluate the man and then left the scene. Schroeder again assaulted the man while attempting to secure him in the back of an MSP vehicle. The driver was taken to the Saginaw Police Department, and subsequently to a local hospital. Schroeder was originally charged with one count of misconduct in office and one count of aggravated assault.
“An assault of this nature is absolutely unacceptable from a law enforcement officer,” said Nessel. “Not everyone has the proper temperament to wear a uniform and carry a badge. By securing the surrender of his MCOLES license, this defendant will no longer have the ability to abuse his position of authority. This assault harmed more than the handcuffed victim, but more broadly it also violated our trust in law enforcement.”
Schroeder will be sentenced on March 5, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.