Detroit policeman allegedly spied on a naked breastfeeding mother via confiscated iPhone

There is obviously a big problem in the way law enforcement has access to people's phones.

Right after the big controversy around the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone and the FBI's request to Apple to break its own iOS platform and provide the cracked version to the US Government (and risk have this cracked version out in the wild), a new story is unfolding, this time on a local level in Detroit.

A woman who herself is a dispatcher for the Warren Police Department accuses a Hazel Park police officer for spying on her while she was nursing her baby naked at home.

"I was in shock, devastated, angry  ... This is such a serious violation of my family's privacy including myself and my son," she said. "It is absolutely necessary to take this action to prevent this from happening to future individuals."

The woman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday. The story starts with the arrest of her fiance and father of her infant son, a licensed medical marijuana caregiver, arrested on drug charges.Following the arrest, officer Michael Emmi searched the couple's house and confiscated her fiance's iPhone. The house has a separate nursery equipped with a Nest cam and the fiance's iPhone was the only device with access to the camera. 

The woman claims that she has noticed twice that while breastfeeding her son naked the indicator light on the Nest cam was blinking, meaning the device was being watched remotely. At the time, her fiance's iPhone was already in law enforcement's possession, as her fiance was in jail.

The woman then immediately used the 'Find My iPhone' feature on iOS and located the seized iPhone to officer Emmi's home address.

Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner responded to the whole scandal calling it 'questionable at best' and saying that officer Emmi has 15 years of professional experience. We'll keep an eye open to see how this particular case unfolds.

source: Fox2Detroit



1. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

15 years of experience means nothing. He could be messed up and still serve for 15 years. Fark the police

13. TheUnbiasedGuy

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

It's really sad that now a days that people don't respect women,and now the police has come to the same level.If anyone remember some time ago a girl tried to live telecast her friend's rape on periscope,thankfully the incident was stopped by the victims friend who was using periscope at the same time. On second note,miss with all due respect if you knew that iPhone has access to the cam and it was on someone else's hand,a little bit of care could have avoided this very sad incident.

17. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Always blame the victim biasedguy

18. TheUnbiasedGuy

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

I am not blaming the victim in any way, the only culprit here is that son of a bitch police officer.I am just saying this very sad incident could be avoided by a little consideration, which I made very clear in my post. I sincerely apologize if my post made you think I blame the victim in any way,cause the fault is completely of the police officer. And come on man, no nam calling please.

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

Why is it only the husbands phone connected to cams why not hers what if someone else hacked the ip easy to do most people don't take security to heart on home wifi, and stop jumpong to male beating woman use sexuality to get almost anything and get men's in trouble for it

2. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

breasteeding mother ...... Breasteeding? missing a letter no?

3. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Well i guess Her milkshakes brings all the cops to the yard

8. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You earned this +1. Having said that this is a highly disturbing trend with law enforcement as of late.

12. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

eh doubt it's a trend. in years past, documenting or PROVING any wrong doing by law enforcement was damn near impossible. with today's tech, it's far easier, but it's hardly a deterrent.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

True. However, to quote The Boondocks "The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence." The perception of wrong doing in the eyes of public opinion can be much more damming than a guilty verdict.

15. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

great. regardless of what a cartoon tells you. "absolute power corrupts, absolutely." law of averages. human nature. predator v prey. the absence of evidence, is just that. to assume all who are in certain roles, are great and morally sound...well history has debunked that time and time again. but I think we are on the same page. haha

19. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

you made me sing the song lol! here's the lyrics folks. ready? sing!

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's invasion of privacy. Cop should be immediately dismiss pending full investigation. Oh and he should get no pay. All she has to do is screenshot the fact, Find My iPhone showed the phone was at his address. Confiscated items should never be in personal possession of an officer. I am also curious as to why the phone was not locked? Shows stupid people don't need a "smart" phone. Even though all phones make it so easy to set up some type of security measures, they just don't matter if you don't use them. What a stufus. More proof that iPhone users are stupid. I wish I had a dollar for every article I read where a person with an iPhone whether they owned it or not, did something totally stupid with it. Give a "dumb-phone" to a "dump" person and you have to see "dumb" articles like this. Shame on you officer if true. if you can't trust the guys in blue, who can you trust. Felons with badges...that's what you all are.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I guess the point of this article totally went over your head. This has nothing to do with IPhones and/or their users. This is about law enforcement abusing their jurisdiction. P.S. Calling people stupid for buying a particular brand of phone makes you look like an asshat. Why do you care? It's their money, so they can purchase what they want. P.P.S. Does every post you write have to be an essay. You could have gotten your point across in three sentences instead of rambling on and on.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

He did it just for lulz

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

There's absolutely no way the woman could have known where the officer lived unless she was able to track the iPhone to the residence as she stated in the report, leading me to believe that she's probably telling the truth. And it matters not how many years someone's been a police officer, they're just as capable of committing crimes as anyone else.

9. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Right? We can't be sure if this story is true until there is an investigation. However when authorities are allowed full reign to do what they want with devices while investigating a crime, issues such as this will necessarily arise. Saying the officer's been serving for 15 years is like saying a murderer lived for 25 as a good person before the crime, so they must be innocent.

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

I would say the track my phone gets close but can be hundreds of feet away. Also evidence is locked up and turned off, if she worked as a dispatcher maybe she had a reason to get him in trouble just like at my work a female said a male boss used bad language at her he is about to be fired and it's all alie because she didnt like him and shes told me this many times, women are not to be trusted ever

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Surely this isn't a made up story due to her fiance being arrested, surely.

11. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

so why display a pic of an NYPD officer?

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

It was florida not new york

16. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I find it strange. How would he even know when she was breastfeeding? I think its lie. Maybe he did have the iPhone in his house conducting the investigation and she realized that when she looked up the iPhone. Easy civil action to cashout. Could it happen? Sure, but why would she let it happen multiple times and is she breastfeeding all day?

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Damn, that is sad as hell. If the cop wanted to see boobs so bad he could have just watched some porn.

25. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

This whole story looks little fishy.....i know many cops are bad and corrupt, but then it doesnt make all of them bad, corrupt or can that officer know when her baby is hungry, or when she is breeastfeeding her baby, has her fiancee put any breastfeeding alarm on his iphone??? Or did she used to msg him, that honey please take a look at your phone, i m breastfeeding oyr baby now.........??? But since she kneq he was in jail, she could have stopped msgn him about that............. Officer in possession of phone might be using it for investigation purpose, and that lady, being aware of someone using that phone to spy, got alarmed, as she and her fiancee has more to hide, than what is known to cops till now........maybe drug peddlers who used to sell dopes to her fiancee, used to come to their home for selling more dope, and this lady is trying to stop police from their investigations....or it might also be ploy by her, so that police can go easy on her fiancee, and reduce the charges on him......there are many possibilities, and instead of blaming police officer right away, and believing everything that this lady says, we should look into every aspects, and should not come to conclusion so fast........lets wait for the investigation to complete, then we will know complete story.........

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

About 3 weeks ago, my wife and are were eating in Red Robin, I look up, and this chicks breastfeeding. I know it's perfectly legal, but I couldn't stop looking. She caught me looking a couple times lol. She had Gazongas too!!!

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

.... You couldn't stop looking... lol, Well at least you're honest. And there's a big difference between public breastfeeding where you expect that someone will notice, and breastfeeding in the privacy of your own home where you expect to be safe and away from prying eyes. And it's even more than just being seen exposed, but to have some stranger gaining an unlawful access view of your home that make this article rather concerning.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly bro! I was more looking cause I really hadn't seen it other than my sons mother, and never in public. What the officer was doing is plain felonious. He should be fully prosecuted for that. I was jealous of that baby though my dude lol.

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