The Howell Police Department says it prematurely submitted a warrant request for Damia Morse, the woman who tweeted on May 30, 2020, under the name @WowDamia, that “the first city to burn in Michigan should be Howell.”
The tweet was made on May 30, 2020, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
In a release dated July 20, 2020, Howell Police Chief Steve Mannor said his department’s request for a warrant “was submitted prematurely before a complete investigation was conducted,” and that it is still in the process of doing its investigation, which includes “interviews and obtaining search warrants to obtain necessary and critical evidence” about the tweet.
Once the police department finishes the investigation, it will resubmit it to the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
The tweet has become one of the central issues of the race for Livingston County Prosecutor.
In June, former Livingston County Judge David Reader took aim at Livingston Prosecutor William Vailliencourt in a Photoshopped Facebook post that said “Vailliencourt refuses to charge for terrorist threats” the woman who made the tweet.
The problem is that Reader got it wrong. Apparently at the time Reader blasted Vailliencourt on social media, he didn’t know the police investigation was not complete.
On June 18, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that Morse, an employee at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline, would serve a 10-day unpaid suspension, but would not lose her job over the tweet.