Paul Arrowood

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Service Record

Michigan State Police

Rank Trooper
Dates of Service Hired December 2008.[1]
Last Known Status Suspended[2]

Incident Reports

2013 Traffic Stop

On September 2, 2013, Arrowood and another officer stopped a vehicle for "burning out" and immediately ordered the driver to exit. As the driver was releasing his seatbelt and finding his documents, Arrowood cursed at him, started pulling him out through the window, and threatened to shoot the driver. The driver was handcuffed face-down on the road. The driver told officers that he had a licensed pistol in the car, though he believed that Arrowood could not have seen it before his actions. Arrowood searched the vehicle without cause.[1]

The driver denied the reason for the initial stop.[1]

The officers released the driver.[1]

Response Timeline

The driver complained to the department.[1]

In September 2013, the department's Professional Standards Section concluded their investigation, claiming that they "found nothing indicating misconduct".[1]

2014 Vehicle Theft Investigation

Around 1am on October 28, 2014, Arrowood and other officers arrived at the house of a man whose vehicle had been stolen. Arrowood pounded on the door and demanded that the man come outside. When the man opened the door, Arrowood asked if he had been drinking and had lent his vehicle to someone else, which was the first notice the man received that his vehicle was missing. Arrowood grabbed the man's arm, removed him from the house, and pushed him face-first into the side of the house. Arrowood entered the man's house.[1]

Response Timeline

The man complained to the department.[1]

In January 2015, the department stated that they had reviewed the matter and it did not warrant a full investigation.[1]

2015 Trafic Stop

On June 28, 2015, Arrowood stopped a man and shoved him twice.[1]

Response Timeline

The man complained to the department.[1]

The agency's Internal Affairs department sustained the complaint.[1]

Most of the investigative report was redacted, including any repercussions faced by Arrowood.[1]

2019 Traffic Stop

On March 6, 2019, Arrowood and another officer stopped a man as he pulled into his driveway. Officers accused the man of having illegal drugs and weapons, and of having stolen his own car.[1]

The incident was captured on an in-vehicle camera.[1]

Response Timeline

On March 12, 2019, the agency stated that the video contradicted the complaint.[1]

2020 Traffic Stop

On July 10, 2020, Arrowood and a trainee stopped a man for improperly passing another vehicle. The man had a pistol license and a handgun in the car, which he did not declare to the officers. When the officers saw the handgun, they drew their weapons, threated to kill the man, and took him into custody.[1]

The man was released.[1]

Response Timeline

The man, who was Black, filed complaints with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the agency, alleging racial discrimination.[1]

An internal investigation sustained the complaint, as Arrowood had violated department policy by being discourteous and threatening to shoot the man. The troopers did not document they had handcuffed the man.[1]

Information on repercussions faced by Arrowood was redacted.[1]

2020 Traffic Stop

On December 13, 2020, Arrowood and a trainee stopped a woman whom they suspected of drunken driving. The woman claimed that Arrowood pulled her from the vehicle, threw her onto the ground, called her names, and menaced her.[1]

The woman was arrested for drunken driving and taken to a hospital for a blood test.[1]

Response Timeline

After approximately a year, prosecutors dropped the charges as the blood test showed that the woman was not intoxicated.[1]

An internal investigation sustained the complaint against Arrowood, as he used inappropriate language and did not follow policies.

Arrowood was suspended for three days.[1]

2022 Assault of Michael Wilson

Body-Worn Camera

On September 4, 2022, Arrowood and his partner encountered Wilson, who was walking in the roadway. Wilson refused to stop or to cooperate during handcuffing. Arrowood took Wilson to the ground and hit him 19 times with a closed fist and with two knee strikes.[2][1] Other officers arrived and Wilson was placed in handcuffs.[3]

Wilson was arrested for Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer.[3]

The incident was captured on body-worn cameras.[2]

Response Timeline

The Michigan State Police conducted an investigation.[2]

On September 6, 2022, the county prosecutor dropped the charges against Wilson due to "insufficient evidence".[3]

On September 30, 2022, Arrowood was suspended.[2]

On March 3, 2023, Arrowood was arraigned on charges of felony Misconduct in Office and misdemeanor Assault and Battery.[2] Arrowood faces up to five years in prison on the misconduct charge and up to 93 days in jail for the assault charge.[1]

2022 Miranda Violation

In November 2022, an attorney complained to the agency that Arrowood had handcuffed a man and questioned him without reading the man his Miranda rights.[1]

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