Ann Arbor chief in the running to be next Detroit Chief of Police
ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox has been identified as one of three candidates chosen to be the next Chief of the Detroit Police Department. The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners selected Cox and two other candidates to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s Office Thursday, Aug. 16, to be considered for the open position of police chief vacated by former Detroit Police Chief James Craig who retired after eight years in the role. Detroit Interim Chief James White and Wayne County Deputy Sheriff Robert Dunlap were also named as top candidates for the position. Cox was selected to be Ann Arbor’s Chief of Police in 2019 after a 30-year career at the Boston Police Department. Ann Arbor council hires Boston cop to serve as new police chiefMuch of his tenure as chief has been during the COVID-19 pandemic.mlive.com
Free Gun Locks For Detroit Residents, No Questions Asked
(CBS DETROIT) – Accidental shootings involving children is a tragedy Detroit Police say is unfortunately on the rise and now DPD is putting gun locks in the hands of gun owners, at no costs with no questions asked. An 18-month-old shot and killed a 5-year-old while playing with a gun. Detroit Police is offering 1,000 free cable gun locks to residents as part of the project child safe initiative. Free gun locks are available now at all precincts across the city. The goal is to teach firearm safety to gun owners and urge them to take a pledge to keep kids safe.detroit.cbslocal.com
Elected officials call for independent investigation into Detroit polices use of force against protestors
DETROIT Elected officials from the federal, state and local level sent a letter Wednesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig and the Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) calling for an independent investigation into use of force by Detroit police against protesters. The letter was signed by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Sen. Stephanie Chang, Detroit City Council President Pro Temp Mary Sheffield (District 5) and City Councilor Raquel Castaeda-Lpez (District 6). In addition to a duty to intervene when other officers are using excessive force, officers cannot use chokeholds or fire a weapon from moving vehicles. A lawsuit was filed by Detroit Will Breathe and 14 individuals, seeking a temporary restraining order enjoining the city of Detroit and the Detroit Police Department from using certain tactics. They alleged that police responded to protests with excessive force and violated their first and fourth amendment rights.
Detroit City Council urges police reform amid national outcry against police brutality
DETROIT The Detroit City Council released a statement Tuesday urging the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners to adopt police reformations amid the national unrest over the killing of George Floyd. People across the country are protesting against police brutality and demanding change to prevent further tragedies from occurring in the future. Detroit organizers have demanded more widespread change that includes but goes beyond the police department, including a move to defund the police, make Detroit a sanctuary city, restore running water to all city residents and more. READ MORE: Detroit protest leaders list 11 demands ahead of meeting with mayor, police chiefLast week Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones announced her support for the peaceful protests demanding justice for Floyd and countless other Black Americans unjustly killed by police officers. We still see them and we will do right by them.You can read the Detroit City Councils full statement supporting police reform by clicking here.
Facial recognition technology: Rep. Tlaib raises concerns during tour with Detroit police chief
DETROIT - The latest blow to Detroit police Chief James Craig's fight to use facial recognition technology comes from one of his most vocal opponents: Rep. Rashida Tlaib. The Detroit Police Department has been using facial recognition for nearly two years, but the ACLU and other civil rights groups argue DPD has been using the technology without specific policies in place. They said using facial recognition technology puts the civil liberties of Detroit residents in jeopardy. "Facial recognition is only used on a still photograph and it is only used where there is a violent crime," Monts said. Tlaib told Craig during the tour that she feels the department should only employ black analysts as part of the facial recognition team.
Detroit Board of Police Commissioners clash with chief over use of facial recognition technology
DETROIT - The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners is meeting Thursday to decide on a plan that would put facial recognition technology on traffic cameras around the city. Some of the commissioners believe the department was not transparent with the proposal to move forward with facial recognition technology, a proposal that's still up for debate. Commissioners are still trying to figure out if it's in the best interest of the Detroit Police Department to use the technology as it sparked a debate nationwide and in Detroit. Police Chief James Craig is all for the use, but commissioners expressed to the chief he created a divide by trying to move forward what they consider secretively around the commissioners. I believe if there had been conversation I don't think the would be as much distrust in the software," Detroit Police Commissioner Chair Lisa Carter said.
Detroit police board member won't face charges after arrest
DETROIT - Detroit's police chief says a member of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners who was arrested at a raucous meeting after being warned to stop interrupting the proceedings won't face charges. Police Chief James Craig said Tuesday he decided to drop the matter "after consulting several people, including board members." Shortly after last Thursday's meeting started, Lisa Carter was sworn in as the board's chairwoman and Commissioner Willie Burton asked what she would do differently than the past chairman. Carter told Burton multiple times he was "out of order," and officers handcuffed him. Burton said his arrest for disorderly conduct was a "disservice" to the public.
Opinion: It's time for a public referendum on Detroit's Project Green Light facial-recognition surveillance technology
click to enlarge Steve NeavlingWe, the people of Detroit, do not want pervasive real-time facial recognition surveillance in our city. However, despite the public outcry , the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners has forced this invasive and unconstitutional overreach of their authority upon us through an expansion of Project Green Light. As the duly-elected Police Commissioner for District 5, I was proud to vote yes on the start of this program. We on the board were told that this would help make our community safer while protecting the rights of our citizens. They circulated a policy document among board members with no explanation of where it came from, no opportunity to debate, and no public comment.metrotimes.com