Detroit Police Chief James Craig has responded to criticism of his action of driving off to avoid a possible carjacking.
Earlier this week, Chief Craig revealed how he was recently driving on Jefferson Avenue while off-duty in an unmarked car when a man jumped out of another car and came toward his vehicle. Craig said he recognized what it was and got out of harm's way.
On Thursday, political activist Greg Bowens said if Craig thought he was going to be carjacked, he should have done more than drive away.
"If you feel as if there is a crime about to be committed, do you have an obligation to try to do something to try prevent it?" Bowens asked.
Bowens expressed those views on WCHB Radio Thursday morning. That prompted Chief Craig to call in to respond.
"I have been doing this business 36 years. I have never in my entire 36-year career ran from crime," Craig said.
Chief Craig pointed out the man approaching his car did not have a weapon.
"Someone running into the street approaching my car, there was no crime, and so to take police action at that point would have been wrong," Craig said.
Greg Bowens still questions what the police chief did.
"You have to wonder whether or not with what you believe to be a crime and you don't do anything, then I believe the police call it neglect of duty," Bowens said.
Several police experts contacted by Local 4 said Chief Craig did the right thing by driving off because he had no cause to arrest the man. But if he thought the man was a carjacker, he should have called in a marked police unit to investigate.