Michael v. City of Troy Police Dep't, No. 14-2478 (6th Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Michael worked as a Troy patrol officer since 1987. In 2000-2001 he had partially successful surgeries to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor and returned to the force. In 2007, Michael’s then-wife Jamie found a box of empty steroid vials—some labeled for veterinary use and all belonging to Michael—which she gave to then-Chief of Police, Craft. Michael conducted a two-year campaign to get them back, secretly recording and suing Craft. Michael secretly recorded Jamie during marriage-counseling sessions and family gatherings, and asked the prosecutor to charge Jamie with perjury. The new Chief, Mayer, received reports that Michael had accompanied a cocaine dealer to drug deals. Mayer suspended Michael from active duty pending investigation, but tabled that investigation when Michael needed another brain surgery. After Michael’s surgeon cleared him for work, the city requested a psychological evaluation. A neuropsychologist concluded that Michael “may be a threat to himself and others.” The city placed Michael on unpaid leave. Another neuropsychologist pronounced him fit for duty. A third found him unfit. Two others, who reviewed Michael’s file (but did not examine him), concluded that he could return to work. Michael saw a professor of neuropsychology at the University of Michigan, who concluded that Michael has weak “executive functioning,” and that “[s]afety with use of weapons and high-speed driving would be in question.” Michael kept that report to himself and sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101. The Sixth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the city, holding that Michael was not qualified for the position of patrol officer.