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.
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.
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.
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.
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.