Michael Paige

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Service Record

Agency Philadelphia Pennsylvania Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service October 1989[1] - 2007. Reinstated in 2009.[2] Retired October 25, 2021.[3]
Salary $78,337 (2019)[4]
Last Known Status Retired[3]
Agency Philadelphia Pennsylvania Sheriff's Office
Rank Deputy Chief
Dates of Service Hired on October 27, 2021[2]
Salary $100,000[2]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

1990 Sleeping on the Job

On May 4, 1990, Paige pled guilty to falling asleep on duty, and allowing a prisoner to escape through carelessness or neglect.[1]

Department Response

Paige was suspended for six days.[1]

1990 Sleeping on the Job

On May 29, 1990, Paige was found guilty of repeated violations of the Disciplinary Code for sleeping while on duty.[1]

Department Response

Paige was suspended for ten days.[1]

1993 Neglect of Duty

On August 25, 1993, Paige was found guilty of “neglect of duty."[1]

Department Response

Paige was suspended for five days.[1]

1993 Vehicle Pursuit

On September 11, 1993, Paige pursued a motorist out of his district.[1]

Department Response

Paige was assigned to "footbeats, so he has time to reflect on [department] policy." [1]

1994 Neglect of Duty

On February 4, 1994, Paige was found guilty of “neglect of duty” by the Police Board of Inquiry.[1]

1994 Arrest of Ulises Rodriquez

Paige responded to a call of gunfire. Paige encountered Rodriquez, whom he arrested. Rodriquez was released without being charged, but filed a complaint that $1,200 had been seized by Paige and never returned. Rodriquez later withdrew the complaint and refused to participate in the internal investigation.[1]

Department Response

On January 19, 1994, Paige was charged with failing to complete an incident report and a property receipt. Paige was suspended for five days.[1]

1994 Vehicle Pursuit

Paige was involved in a high-speed pursuit.[1]

Department Response

On March 16, 1994, Paige was suspended for a day for failing to follow department protocol.[1]

1994 Death of Moises DeJesus

On August 21, 1994, Paige responded to an incident involving DeJesus.[1]

DeJesus died from blows to the head with a "police baton or similar object at least three (3) times".[1]

Paige told internal affairs that he did not strike DeJesus in the head with any object, nor did he see any other officer strike him in the head. [1]

Department Response

On June 17, 1996, Paige was charged with “failure to cooperate fully in a departmental investigation”, "making a false statement in response to an official departmental investigation,” and “Repeated violations of departmental rules and regulations, and/or any other course of conduct indicating that a member has little or no regard for his responsibility as a member of the Police Department.”[1]

Paige was found guilty and suspended for ten days.[1]

1994 Neglect of Duties

On December 29, 1994, Paige was found guilty of "neglecting his duties as a police officer."[1]

Department Response

Paige was suspended for two days.[1]

1995 Neglect of Duties

On January 13, 1995, Paige was charged with violating the Disciplinary Code for failure to "properly patrol [his] beat," "unauthorized absence from assignments, failure to respond to a radio call, idle conversation or loafing," and "repeated violations of departmental rules and regulations." [1]

Department Response

Paige's commanding officer recommended that he be fired for having a "total disregard for his duties".[1]

Paige was found guilty and suspended for five days.[1]

1995 Neglect of Duty

On January 25, 1995, Paige was charged with neglect of duties regarding transporting a civilian to his home, being involved in an accident, and “unauthorized absence from assignment.”[1]

Department Response

Paige was suspended for five days.[1]

1995 Arrest of Carlos Torres

Paige and another officer responded to a call of a "group of Hispanic males armed with a gun". Officers detained Carlos Torres, who alleged that he had been struck by both officers.[1]

Department Response

On April 8, 1995, Paige was charged with conduct unbecoming an officer for making a false statement in response to an investigation.[1]

Torres' complaint of physical abuse was not sustained but Paige's commanding officer recommended that he be dismissed. Paige was found guilty of making a false statement in an investigation.[1]

1995 Violations of the Disciplinary Code

On June 12, 1995, Paige was charged with violations of the Disciplinary Codes for sleeping on duty and engaging in outside employment without permission.[1]

Department Response

Paige pleaded guilty and agreed to a twenty-day suspension.[1]

1995 Prisoner Release

On September 12, 1995, Paige was found guilty of violations of the Disciplinary Code for releasing a juvenile prisoner and denying the incident.[1]

1998 Failure to Appear

On March 4, 1998, Paige was found guilty of violating the Disciplinary Code for failure to appear in court as a police witness in a criminal case. [1]

Department Response

Paige was suspended for two days.[1]

2007 Sexual Assault of James Harris

On March 16, 2007, Paige was on duty and found James Harris while driving in a local park. Paige told Harris to sit in the passenger seat of the cruiser and drove him to a remove area of the park, where he forced Harris to give him oral sex. Harris collected some DNA evidence that he provided as part of the investigation.[2]

Department and Legal Response

On April 30, 2007, Paige was arrested and charged with assault, indecent sexual contact, kidnaping, false imprisonment, and unlawful restraint.[1]

On May 15, 2007, Paige was formally dismissed from the department.[1]

On June 5, 2007, the internal affairs investigation sustained the allegation against Paige.[1]

Paige was acquitted of the criminal charges. The judge ruled that the sexual encounter had occurred, but that it had been consensual. Paige explained the DNA evidence by suggesting that Harris had collected an old condom of Paige's, as he often had sex with women in the area.[2]

The Fraternal Order of Police union filed a grievance to get Paige reinstated.[1]

On May 7, 2008, Harris filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Paige.[1]

On March 30, 2009, an arbitrator ordered the city to reinstate Paige after a 30-day suspension.[1]

On May 9, 2011, in a memorandum from a judge on the case, it is noted that Paige testified at his disposition that no sexual act occurred, but later argued in a motion to the judge that the sex was consensual.[1]

In 2012, a jury ordered Paige to pay Harris $165,000 for "invasions of [Harris'] bodily integrity."[5][2]

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