Detroit Is On A Dangerous Path

On July 11th 2019 the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners meeting devolved into chaos. The central issue of the meeting was the unapproved use of Facial Recognition Technology by the Detroit Police Department. District 5 Commissioner Willie Burton has been an outspoken critic of this practice. When he was recognized by Board Chair Lisa Carter, he spoke on the issue. As she tried to cut him off he refused and she had him removed in handcuffs by the Detroit Police. Starting at the 23:44 mark, the video below captures the entire incident and aftermath which includes locking the meeting attendees in the room.

Skip to 23:44 to see the removal of Commissioner Willie Burton

I have never seen such use of force at a meeting of elected officials in Detroit. The image of a White Police Officer handcuffing a Black Elected official is disturbing and unacceptable. African Americans used to run things around here and now we have an African American Chairwoman sicking White Police Officers on a Black Elected Official. Insane!

This is especially upsetting as we remember the Black DPD Officers protecting the White Nationalists as they marched down Detroit’s Jefferson Avenue.

Detroit’s leadership, from the White Mayor to the Black Elected Officials, is taking the City down a dangerous path. At some point the anger that is gripping the politically active residents of Detroit will spread to the less informed masses. Once that happens there will be no turning back. Now is the time for all of Detroit’s Elected officials to evaluate the direction the City is headed due to their actions and change course immediately.

Before it is too late. .

An 80% African American City with a White Mayor and people are allowed to march yelling White Power? Oh hell no.

I just had the chance to watch the POV video posted to YouTube by one of the Neo Nazi Marchers of the groups’s march down Jefferson Avenue during the Pride Fest at Hart Plaza. It is a very disturbing video to watch under any circumstances.

White Power With DPD Protection

But, it cuts even more when you realize that the Detroit’s Police Chief who is African American did not seek approval from the Detroit City Council and allowed them to march. It is equally as bad that the Detroit City Council nor the Mayor did not admonish the Chief for not doing so.

I get the whole Right to Free Speech argument but I doubt that Bing, Cockrel Kilpatrick, Archer or Young would have allowed the Neo_Nazis to march down Jefferson Avenue screaming “White Power”. We now have a White mayor and this was allowed to take place. Detroit is nearly an 80% African American City and this cannot be allowed. This video in the right hands can imperil Mayor Duggan’s reelection bid and it is all the fault of his Deputy Mayor/Chief of Police who allowed this to happen.

Mayor Duggan has done an amazing job bringing the City back from Bankruptcy. The greater downtown area is teaming with activity. The only place where he gets low marks is for crime and quality of life in some neighborhoods. In order to fix that he must hold Chief Craig accountable. An 80% African American City with a White Mayor and people are allowed to march yelling White Power? Oh hell no.

Mayor Duggan & Chief Craig Protect Neo Nazis While Leaving Us To Fend For Ourselves.

All the while claiming that crime is down and that they do not have enough Officers to patrol Detroit’s neighborhoods, Mayor Duggan and Chief Craig found enough officers to protect Neo-Nazis as they marched down Jefferson Avenue During the PRIDE festival.

I spoke with Council President Jones, Council President Pro-Tem Sheffield and Council Member Spivey and they confirmed that nobody pulled a permit for the march and Council was not notified of it in advance. Duggan and Criag obviously had advance knowledge of the march because they had the police out in force to protect the marchers. But protect them from who? The LGBTQ Community? Nope, the 80% of Detroit who would have dealt with them severely.

So process this if you will. The Mayor who is White and his Police Chief Knew about the Nazi march and did not inform the City Council or the public. So they protected white nationalists while they won’t protect their own 80% Black City. That is a horrible narrative.

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!
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.