Craig Tarnished Duggan’s Great Week

The land acquisition for the new FCA Plant on Mack and Connor in addition to the required accompanying Community Benefits Agreement are virtually complete. Google’s Waymo Autonomous Vehicle Company has decided to locate in Detroit instead of Wixom. That’s 5,400 new jobs in Detroit in 2019 and its only April. Mayor Duggan should be jumping up and down for joy and all the media outlets should be lauding him. Instead he is mired in muck that didn’t have to happen.

First he had to listen to the findings of an Audit of Detroit’s 6th Police Precinct.

The audit was the result of an investigation into two white former officers who were reportedly  taunting a black motorist on social media whose vehicle had been towed.

Former officers Steele and Garrison , both of whom worked for years at the precinct, were fired for their alleged roles in the video, which showed a Jan. 29 traffic stop.

As a result of the audit:

  • Four command officers were “addressed” after they “were determined not to be sufficiently effective in addressing the environmental problems in the 6th Precinct,” a department press release said.
  • A new captain and two sergeants were added to the precinct “to address diversity concerns and facilitate change in the culture,” the release said.
  • A cultural diversity training program is being implemented for all employees at the precinct, civilian and uniformed.
  • “Peer review training” is being ordered for officers who had been trained by Steele and Garrison.



So the White Mayor of an 80% Black City had to stand up at a press conference and say: “The treatment of 23-year-old Ariel Moore was something that was deeply disturbing to everyone,”
“Detroit police officers are sworn to protect our citizens, and it was sickening to watch Ms. Moore walking home in the cold while being mocked with racial comments,” . “It’s just not acceptable.”

“The treatment of 23-year-old Ariel Moore was something that was deeply disturbing to everyone,”
“Detroit police officers are sworn to protect our citizens, and it was sickening to watch Ms. Moore walking home in the cold while being mocked with racial comments,” . “It’s just not acceptable.”

The sad thing is that it didn’t have to happen. Chief Craig created the Committee on Race and Equality (C.O.R.E.) within the Detroit Police Department years ago. The mission of C.O.R.E. was to investigate and out and expose perceptions of hate within the Department’s rank and file that were based on factors such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. A report was issued by this committee and the Chief chose to ignore it instead of acting on the recommendations.

Duggan’s great week was overshadowed by Chief Craig’s failure to act on racial problems within the DPD when he became aware of them. This is especially glaring due to the fact that Chief Craig is African American. Further compounding this problem is the fact that Mayor Duggan is White. Mayor Duggan should take this week into serious consideration while he ponder’s Chief Craig’s contract renewal .

The Detroit Police Chief is Out of Touch

Two telling quotes from our Chief of Police in today’s Detroit News that lets the rest of us know where we stand and how we are viewed.
Resentment? We just want to be safe Chief Craig!
 
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1. Detroit — With warm weather approaching — and in the wake of a recent stabbing of a man in Greektown — Detroit police officials plan to beef up patrols in the popular downtown neighborhood for the second consecutive year.
 
Police Chief James Craig said he realizes increasing officer presence in Greektown will likely prompt complaints from residents who believe police and city officials for years have cared more about making downtown safe than other neighborhoods — an allegation Craig disputes.
 
2. Craig said he didn’t hear as many complaints about downtown staffing — and allegations that police care more about suburban visitors — when he worked as a police officer in other cities. Craig was a longtime Los Angeles cop and served as police chief in Cincinnati and Portland, Maine.
 
“In Detroit, there’s a resentment by some, not all, residents toward the suburbs that I didn’t see as much in other cities,” he said.