|Richard J. Wershe, Jr. in court, September, 2015 (David Coates, Detroit News via AP)
- Rick Wershe and a pal are stopped by the police on a pretext traffic stop near his home.
- Wershe had a shopping bag of cash but no drugs. His sister grabs the bag before the police can and she runs into her house with the cash.
- A curious crowd spills into the street along with dozens of cops.
- Rick Wershe walks away empty-handed.
- A teenage neighbor claims she saw Wershe walking between houses toward her house carrying a large box.
- The neighbor claims Wershe asked her to put the box behind her house. She said no.
- A second neighbor, an adult male who lives next door to the teen witness, said he saw Wershe at the same time as the teen, but he testified Wershe wasn’t carrying a box.
- Wershe is found by the police and taken in to custody. As the police walk him back to the scene of the traffic stop Officer Rodney Grandison suddenly pistol whips Wershe, shattering his eye socket. He is thrown to the ground, then Grandison and another officer handcuff him and lift him by a gold chain around his neck. Next they throw him by the neck and chain, while handcuffed, over a fence gate. Other officers arrive and beat and stomp Wershe while he’s on the ground. The beating was so severe Wershe was taken to a hospital instead of jail that night.
- Afterward the neighbors search the back yard for a box and they find one under a porch. The box is taken in to the teen girl’s house. A neighbor/witness said the box was taped shut.
- About two hours later, acting on a mysterious “anonymous phone tip”, the police arrive and take the box. The officer who took possession of the box says it was partially open when he took control of the box.
|Cathy Volsan Curry (FBI Surveillance photo)
|The late William Bufalino II
|The late Ed Bell