Metro Detroit community leaders urge residents to put away guns on New Year’s Eve
METRO DETROIT – Reverend Nicholas Hood, III, along with former Detroit Police Chief Ike McKinnon and other local leaders are urging residents to not bring in the New Year with celebratory gunfire. The campaign was started in 1997 after Sandra Latham, a Detroit grandmother, was killed by celebratory gunfire sitting in her dinning room. Video from Jan. 1, 2020 captured celebratory gunfire for nearly three minutes. Incidents from celebratory gunfire isn’t limited to Metro Detroit. 2020 when celebratory gunfire struck her in the neck.
A look back at the legacy of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
DETROIT – Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon had a unique place in Wayne County politics. Napoleon served in one of the most difficult jobs anywhere as jailer, and yet his legacy goes far beyond that. READ: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies from COVID-19He was 65 years old. In 2004, he became the Assistant Wayne County Executive before being appointed to Wayne County sheriff in 2009. “I am shocked and saddened at the loss of one of our city’s greatest public servants and native sons, Benny Napoleon,” Duggan said in a statement Thursday night.
Loved ones honor, remember Wayne County sheriff lost to COVID-19
DETROIT – For the people who knew Benny Napoleon, reality does not feel real. Napoleon went into the hospital in November due to COVID-19 complications, just days after winning re-election. READ: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon dies from COVID-19He was 65 years old. Napoleon wore many hats in his life of public service -- lawman, attorney, public figure, politician, community servant and more. He easily won re-election as Wayne County’s top lawman with a sound and resounding victory of nearly 80% of the vote in Wayne County.
Local leaders weigh in on national debate over defunding police departments
DETROIT Local leaders are weighing in on the national conversation about defunding police departments. Well, Im totally against defunding the police, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. You talk about taking money from police departments, most departments across this country, anywhere between 70 and 80 percent of a departments budget goes to staffing, and so to take funding away means to take away police, added Craig. At its most basic level, defunding police means taking money away from a department to give to another government agency. Dr. Randall Wyatt, a sociology professor at Oakland University, says that if done right, defunding the police would help officers.
Former Detroit police chief says Minneapolis Police Department has some serious problems
DETROIT A former Detroit police chief who has worked closely with the Minneapolis Police Department for years said that department has some serious problems." Ike McKinnon, a well-known former Detroit police chief, has had a unique look inside the Minneapolis Police Department for a couple of years as a consultant. The police department has some serious problems," McKinnon said. There are serious problems with the minority community, McKinnon said. People dont understand there are serious problems, McKinnon said.