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James David Dickson and Candice Williams, The Detroit News

A veteran Hazel Park police officer is facing a federal lawsuit from a woman who says she was spied on after her fiance’s cellphone was seized by authorities.

Megan Pearce, a dispatcher for the Warren Police Department, filed the suit Tuesday against Michael Emmi, a 15-year veteran of Hazel Park’s police force.

During a news conference Wednesday at her attorneys’ office, Pearce said she was “shocked, devastated and sad.”

“This is very difficult to make these accusations against someone that’s also a fellow law enforcement member,” she said. “It’s very difficult. However, this is such a serious violation of my family’s privacy, including myself and my son. It is absolutely necessary to take this action to prevent this from happening to any future individuals.”

In her suit, Pearce alleges Emmi used the phone and a baby-monitoring device to spy on her three times, once when she was cleaning the nursery after police searched her home and two other times while she was naked and nursing her infant son after she got out of the bathtub.

According to the lawsuit, Pearce’s fiance was arrested on marijuana charges at about 2 p.m. March 2, despite having a card allowing him to serve as a caregiver under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program.

Hazel Park police and the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team “executed search warrants on several locations related to marijuana allegations against (the fiance) and arrested him,” according to the suit.

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