Community pulls together to support Officer Courts’ family
A day of tributes for Detroit police Officer Loren Courts as his family, friends, and the city say their final goodbye. Courts was killed in the line of duty less than two weeks ago, and during the funeral service Monday, an end of watch call conveyed one last dispatch to him.
Police arrest man seen on camera stealing Bentley from Southfield business
SOUTHFIELD – A man who was seen on camera stealing a $200,000 Bentley from a Southfield business has been arrested. PREVIOUS: Bentley stolen from Southfield business; police search for man caught on camera“The officers set up on a surveillance operation,” said Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren. Police spotted a white Ford Escape -- the vehicle seen on camera that the suspect drove in to the business. The man got in the Escape attempting to make an escape; however, police surrounded him. Body cam footage shows the man getting out of the car and attempting to run away and was stopped by officers.
‘This is a heinous crime’ -- 8-year-old Southfield girl fatally shot, brother facing charges
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – An 8-year-old girl who was shot Sunday evening at an apartment in Southfield died from her injuries Wednesday night. Gyasi Arnez Stribling, the victim’s 20-year-old brother, is now facing charges. He’s accused of shooting Bailei Singleton at the 12 North Apartments on 12 Mile Road, between Northwestern Highway and Telegraph Road. The girl had been in critical condition at a hospital after being shot in her head. Police said he allegedly fabricated a story and said Bailei had been shot during an attempted robbery.
Father of 2 killed protecting his family, Southfield police say
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Southfield police Chief Elvin Barren said Fredrick Hudson did everything he could to protect his family when he was fatally shot Sunday night. Surveillance campers nearby captured Hudson exchange gunfire before the father of two was killed outside his Southfield home. “I think he displayed courage and tried to defend himself and his family as best as he could,” Barren said. The family set up a GoFundMe account to pay for funeral expenses and to raise money for the children to go to college. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Southfield Police Department at 248-796-5500, incident No.
Southfield police believe father killed in carjacking was targeted
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Southfield police are investigating after a man was carjacked and then shot and killed in a neighborhood Sunday night. Southfield police said a person of interest is in a hospital after the 25-year-old was injured in a shootout with police. Authorities believe Hudson, 48, may have known something was wrong when he parked in his driveway. In a press conference Tuesday, Southfield Chief of Police Elvin Barren said Hudson died protecting his wife and two children. “We believe that Mr. Hudson was targeted and followed home where he was fatally assaulted.”Southfield police are narrowing their investigation onto the hospitalized person of interested.
Local 4 News at Noon -- Dec. 29, 2020
DETROIT – Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at Noon. Southfield police believe father killed in carjacking was targetedIn a press conference Tuesday, Southfield Chief of Police Elvin Barren said Hudson died protecting his wife and two children. “We do not believe that this crime was a random act of violence,” Barren said. “We believe that Mr. Hudson was targeted and followed home where he was fatally assaulted.”
Teen driver could face charges after 2 Oak Park students killed, others injured in violent Southfield crash
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Two Oak Park High School students were killed and four others were injured in a crash on Friday. Police said four people were thrown out of the vehicle in the crash that happened on Telegraph Road near 10 Mile Road in Southfield. READ: Fiery crash in Southfield kills 2 Oak Park High School students, injures 4 othersPolice said they don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. The vehicle went through a fence, went airborne and hit several trees before bursting into flames. The Oak Park school district will have counselors on hand for students and staff.
Southfield Police Department fully deploys body cameras in the field
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren reveled new body cameras on Monday that are now on every single officer in the department. Officers will abide by the policy of Southfield Police Department on all shifts, Barren said. That way we enhance our community trust. Were fully transparent in this purchase and again, this community is very excited to know the Southfield Police Department has enhanced our capabilities and community trust, Barren said. The Southfield Police Department will pay that $1.5 million over the course of a 5 year period.
Southfield police chief defends officers accused of police brutality in pregnant womans lawsuit
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Southfields police chief is defending the officers accused of police brutality in a lawsuit filed by a pregnant woman who said three officers assaulted her and caused her to lose her unborn baby. Southfield police Chief Elvin Barren said this is not a case of police brutality. He said hes appalled by allegations that his officers would treat a Black resident differently than a White resident or knowingly use a Taser on a pregnant woman. When you look at the narrative that was suggested: that we knowingly would Tase a pregnant woman -- that is appalling to me, Barren said. It is also alarming to me that it was suggested that this police department would have treated her differently if she was a White woman from an affluent community.
Southfield police respond to lawsuit blaming officers for miscarriage
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Southfield police are responding to a lawsuit filed by a woman who said that police brutality caused her to lose her unborn baby. Video shows the chaotic between the woman and the officers who were responding to a complaint about her. According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 9 Crystal White, 38, of Southfield, was involved in a verbal altercation with her mother, sister and brother-in-law at her mothers residence. According to the lawsuit, White was pregnant at the time of the arrest and lost her unborn child. I dont believe that if this was in Bloomfield Hills a pregnant White woman would be Tased on a welfare check, Fieger said.
Southfield appoints Elvin Barren as new police chief
Southfield City Council has approved City Administrator Fred Zorns appointment of Elvin Barren as the new Police Chief at the July 8 City Council Meeting. Chief Barren will begin his employment on July 29. Chief Barren currently serves as Deputy Chief of Police of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) where he commands the largest bureau in the DPD, including eight major units, a yearly budget of $137 million and over 1,100 police officers. Chief Barren also completed the Leadership in Counterterrorism Program (LinCT) sponsored by the FBI and has completed several other training and leadership development programs. The Southfield Police Department will continue to function extremely efficiently under the direction of Chief Barren providing the community with unparalleled public safety and proactive law enforcement services and programs.