Detroit mayor: Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine will be key part of our expansion
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan told City Council on Friday that he expects to the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine to be “a key part of our expansion of vaccine centers” when the city receives it in the next shipment. As vaccine eligibility expands, Detroit will open a second site offering Johnson & Johnson vaccines. I have full confidence that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is both safe and effective. We are making plans now for Johnson & Johnson to be a key part of our expansion of vaccine centers and are looking forward to receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the next allocation.”AdHis statement Friday comes after Detroit turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, with Duggan favoring shots from Pfizer and Moderna for now. “Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine.
Detroit’s ‘Good Neighbor’ vaccine program expands, Metro Detroit residents now eligible
DETROIT – The city of Detroit is taking major steps to get seniors in the city vaccinated. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Wednesday an expansion of the city’s “Good Neighbor” program to make it easier to get vaccinated with an incentive to help others. Anyone who is 55-years or older who drives a Detroit senior citizen to get vaccinated can get vaccinated too -- regardless of where they live. Active members of the clergy who live or work in Detroit and whose ministry brings them into face-to-face contact with congregation members. Detroit residents 18+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities, caregivers of those residents and home healthcare providers if they travel in the same vehicle during the appointment.
Detroit residents 60 and older with certain medical conditions can now receive COVID-19 vaccine
DETROIT – Detroit residents who are 60 and older and have certain chronic medical conditions can now get the COVID-19 vaccine, Mayor Mike Duggan said. “Detroit is committed to making vaccines available to all our most vulnerable residents,” Duggan said. Eligible residents should make appointments at TCF starting Wednesday by calling 313-230-0505. Last week, Duggan made residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their live-in caregivers eligible for the vaccine. Duggan announced a program to provide $2 rides to the TCF center for Detroit residents who don’t have their own transportation.
2 cases of COVID-19 B117 variant confirmed in Detroit, mayor says
LANSING, Mich. – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said there are two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 B117 variant in the city. The variant, which was originally discovered in the United Kingdom, is known to spread more easily than the previous strand of COVID-19. Gretchen Whitmer said the state has confirmed a total of 45 cases of the B117 variant across 10 different counties. Whitmer’s COVID briefing on Tuesday“While our numbers continue to trend overall in the right direction, I’m very concerned about what we are seeing with the new B117 variant,” Khaldun said. All three of those metrics are improving, but the spread of the COVID-19 variant puts that progress in jeopardy.
US releases former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison
FILE - In this May 25, 2010 file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in a Detroit courtroom. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for corruption crimes, was released from federal prison Wednesday after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Associated Press. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, a Democrat and frequent Trump critic, welcomed the news of a commutation. “Kwame Kilpatrick is a person of great talent who still has much to contribute,” Duggan said. This is a decision President Trump got right.”Kilpatrick’s first term as mayor was marred by accusations of misuse of city funds on personal extravagance.
Detroit pastor reacts to commutation of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
DETROIT – Bishop J. Drew Sheard with Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ said the recent news of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick being released from prison is good news. UPDATE: US releases former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prisonIn 2013, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison after he was convicted of racketeering, mail fraud, wire fraud and more charges. Several well-known pastors, like Bishop Sheard, Bishop T.D. Ellis said he thought Trump would have made his decision during the election season.
Detroit Mayor Duggan shares vaccine distribution, scheduling info
A Covid-19 AstraZenaca vaccine is prepared at the NHS Nightingale facility at the Excel Centre, London, Monday Jan. 11, 2021. (Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via AP)DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the city’s plans for coronavirus vaccine distribution and scheduling. The city of Detroit is offering 20,000 COVID vaccine appointments for eligible residents through Feb. 5 as it moves into the new vaccination phase. Learn more: How Detroit residents can schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointmentDetroit officials say the first vaccine appointments will take place at the TCF Center beginning Jan. 13. Mayor Duggan was joined Tuesday by the city’s Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair, Detroit COO Hakim Berry and Public Safety Medical Director Dr. Robert Dunne.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan breaks down how first doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed
DETROIT – The city of Detroit received its first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week, and on Tuesday, Mayor Mike Duggan broke down how it will be distributed. Duggan said 30 employees of the health department will receive their first doses of the vaccine Wednesday. Next week, home health care workers will receive the vaccine, followed in January by those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (There will be) no discipline or punishment.”The city, Henry Ford Health System nor the Detroit Medical Center have mandated the vaccine. Henry Ford Health System will be on hand to administer the vaccine to first responders from the Detroit Fire Department and to educate people and answer any questions.
Detroit Mayor Duggan announces 2021 re-election campaign
DETROIT – Mayor Mike Duggan announced his run for re-election in 2021 on Wednesday. Duggan has been in office since 2013. He won re-election in 2017, meaning this would be his third term if elected. Other potential 2021 candidates for Detroit mayor include Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, a Michigan state representative, and state Rep. Shri Thanedar, who ran for Michigan governor in 2018. Related: City of Detroit extends moratorium on residential water shutoffs through 2022
No possible justification: Detroit mayor, police chief respond to threat of federal troop deployment
DETROIT U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy federal agents to cities across the country, including Detroit, amid ongoing national protests. It is deeply disturbing that President Trump is once again choosing to spread hateful rhetoric and attempting to suppress the voices of those he doesnt agree with. There is no reason for the president to send federal troops into a city where people are demanding change peacefully and respectfully. In Portland, theyve done a fantastic job. MORE: Federal agents, local streets: A red flag in Oregon
Faith leaders call for Kwame Kilpatrick sentence commutation
DETROIT Another push began Friday to shorten the sentence for former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Ebony Magazine gathered dozens of faith leaders from around the country and many voiced their opinions on why Kilpatrick should be released from prison. ORIGINAL STORY: Kwame Kilpatrick supporters call for sentence commutationIts been more than seven years since the former mayor was sentenced to 28 years. In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. Read more: 7 years ago: Kwame Kilpatrick is convicted on 24 federal felony counts
Live today: Kwame Kilpatrick supporters call for sentence commutation
A group pushing for former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatricks prison sentence to be commuted and debts to be forgiven is holding a virtual news conference Friday morning. Their news conference is calling for the commutation of Kilpatricks sentence and debt forgiveness for thousands of Black farmers. Heres a statement from EBONY:"Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2013. He filed another motion in 2017 to vacate his prison sentence, and that was denied by a district court judge. Read more: 7 years ago: Kwame Kilpatrick is convicted on 24 federal felony counts
LIVE STREAM: Detroit mayor, local leaders host news briefing
DETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is hosting a news briefing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss a new program, City Hall reopening and the upcoming Detroit Jazz Fest amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Duggan will be joined by Chrystal Wilson, DPSCD Assistant Superintendent of Communications and Marketing. The mayor is also expected to discuss the reopening of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles job application window. RELATED: GM and FCA keep sparring while Ford rolls out big new incentiveDetroit Jazz Fest organizers and sponsors will be present Wednesday to discuss the annual event and a call for artists to design this years poster. Duggan is expected to announce the resumption of in-person services at City Hall with restrictions in place amid the pandemic.
Mayor Mike Duggans message to Detroit as protests against police brutality continue
DETROIT Mayor Mike Duggan said hes fine taking heat from people angry over the city wide curfew. READ: Protesters march in Detroit for 6th straight nightThere have been no incidents of looting or fires set in Detroit over the six days of protesting, unlike in other major cities across the country. A combination of the pride of Detroiters and the professionalism of the Detroit Police Department has kept us safe so far. Duggan said. Every single night 65, 70 percent of arrests are coming from, last night to see La Jolla, California and the Bronx in New York? READ: Standoff between protesters, Detroit police ends in arrests for violating curfew
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announces curfew for city as unrest continues
DETROIT Mayor Mike Duggan announced a curfew for the city of Detroit that begins this evening from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., adding that it doesnt apply to people going to or from work. I have issued an order and as of this evening there will be a curfew in the city of Detroit at 8 p.m. It will go from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and throughout the city, people cannot be on public streets or in public areas, said Duggan. Demonstrators plan to protest at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters beginning 4 p.m. Sunday. Duggan says he was forced to act and implement the curfew as he witnessed higher numbers of protestors coming in from outside the city.
Federal Bureau of Prisons denies former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatricks early release
DETROIT Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will not be released early because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced. The bureau reviewed Kilpatricks request for home confinement, and it was denied, officials said. Kilpatrick will remain incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution-I in Oakdale, Louisiana, according to authorities.
Kwame Kilpatrick denied early prison release: Heres everything we know
DETROIT Last week, family members and supporters of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were certain he would be released from federal prison next month. Kilpatrick will not be released from prison early because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced. Multiple sources close to the Kilpatrick family said the Department of Justice was on board with considering a compassionate release. Those in Kilpatricks inner circle believed he would get out to begin home confinement, likely at his sisters home in Atlanta. PREVIOUS: Mayor Mike Duggan, other Detroiters react to news of possible Kwame Kilpatrick releaseThe Kilpatrick family asked for his release because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Kwame Kilpatrick supporters angry over decision not to grant him early prison release
DETROIT Supporters of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are angry about the decision by the Federal Bureau of Prisons not to grant him an early prison release. Kilpatrick denied early release: Heres everything we knowA decision was all but guaranteed by Kilpatricks family and supporters, but on Tuesday night, federal officials announced his request was denied. Shes been a Kilpatrick supporter and was convinced last week that he would soon be a free man. Last night, when the Federal Bureau of Prisons made its decision, Kilpatrick supporter Angela Stanton King, attorney Norman Yatoomah, who represents the family of Tamara Green, both offered their thoughts. You can hear their statements, as well as what Local 4 legal expert Keith Corbett had to say, in the video posted above.
Family believes former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from prison next month
DETROIT Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been put in a 21-day quarantine at the Oakdale Federal Detention Center, and family members believe he will be released in June. In February, Kilpatricks family and a consortium of politicians, religious leaders and business leaders lobbied President Donald Trump for a commutation of his sentence. More recently, the Kilpatrick family has been asking for his release because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Kilpatrick has been sending regular emails to his family about the conditions in prison and the possibility of a release. Last night, reports began to surface that Kilpatricks release was imminent because of the coronavirus.
Mayor Mike Duggan, other Detroiters react to news of possible Kwame Kilpatrick release
DETROIT There are reports that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will soon be granted compassionate release from federal prison in Louisiana due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. READ: Family believes former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from prison next monthThat particular prison has been hit hard by coronavirus and sources confirm to Local 4 that Kilpatrick is currently in quarantine there. The Federal Bureau of Prisons will only confirm Kilpatrick remains in custody but will not reveal information about a possible release. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan reacted to the news on Friday. Devastated countless people, countless families, countless businesse -- he committed an awful lot of crimes.
Everything weve heard about possible early prison release for Kwame Kilpatrick
Reports started surfacing Thursday night that a Kilpatrick release from federal prison was imminent, not the original commutation of the sentence from Trump. Multiple sources close to the Kilpatrick family have confirmed that the Department of Justice was on board with considering a compassionate release. On Friday morning, an email was sent out from the Ebony Foundation, congratulating Kilpatrick on his release from federal prison. If Kilpatrick is given a compassionate release, he would go through a period of home confinement, and then supervised release. He was eventually moved to a low-security federal prison in New Jersey, and then again to Oakdale FCI.