The former direcotr of the Bay City Department of Public Safety pleaded not guilty to assault charges in federal court Thursday.
Michael Cecchini is accused of assaulting a man with a flashlight last September. A video of the incident was posted to social media. Cecchini was placed on administrative leave, but retired from the force just a few weeks later. The state Attorney General’s office charged hime with one count of assault and battery, which was file in federal court because a Michigan law protects high ranking law enforcement personnal from civil assault and battery.
Cecchini’s next court date is March 3.