2 of Wayne County’s top law enforcement officials address violence in Greektown

They want to end drag racing, add parental responsibilities and curfews

Teaming up to prevent violence. Seen in the video player above is two of the top law enforcement officers in Wayne County taking a stroll through Detroit's Greektown Entertainment District.

DETROIT – Seen in the video player above is two of the top law enforcement officers in Wayne County taking a stroll through Detroit’s Greektown Entertainment District.

Detroit Police Chief James White and Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington have a message they want to share.

“At nighttime, they probably could increase the presence,” said Greektown staple Sunn Anderson.

Anderson spent Friday (May 20) afternoon chatting with White and Washington. The artist says the vibe changes when the sunsets.

“Most of this happens at night, and that’s when I leave because you can feel the energy change down here,” Anderson said.

Three people were shot during a violent weekend in Greektown last Saturday.

New partners White and Washington are vowing to curb the violence throughout the city.

“Enjoy the spring day, but at the same time, we want people to be safe,” said White. “We don’t want people coming here and making impulsive decisions that literally changes their lives.”

White and Washington are garnering plans toward curfews and parental responsibility ordinances to help protect the city.

“If you’re allowing your child to be out here late at night, that’s a problem,” White said.

The chief and the sheriff are also planning to go after those who are drag racing throughout the city.

“It’s important that we stop drag racing as we see it, and we’re going to do that together, partnering with DPD together,” said Washington.

Throughout Greektown, you’ll notice the increased patrols and metal detectors that were set in place to help create some sort of safety.

“You have a CPL, and you’re down here, and you see a metal detector, just bring your CPL out, and there will be no problems,” White said.

“We’re not violating anybody’s rights,” Washington said. “We’re just running them through a metal detector.”

“It’s good to see the chief out here and also the sheriff,” said a man with his girlfriend. “We need that.”

Law enforcement is also working with the app of the scooters being used throughout the city to shut them off between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., which goes into effect today.


About the Authors:

Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.