Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton will not seek reelection in 2024
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – After more than a decade of being Washtenaw County’s top law enforcement official, Sheriff Jerry Clayton will not seek reelection in 2024. “I’m thankful and grateful for my time as sheriff, but it’s time to continue on,” Clayton said. “I’m not retiring, just moving forward.”Clayton was first elected in 2008 to serve as sheriff for the four-year term and was reelected three more times making him the longest serving sheriff in Washtenaw County. Related: Washtenaw sheriff joins effort to advance 911 systems nationwideClayton is endorsing Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson to be the next sheriff. More from The Ann Arbor News:Motorcyclist in critical condition after crashing on I-75 overpass closed for constructionFree COVID-19 treatment available through new Washtenaw County programMajor upgrades could bring 6 pickleball courts, trailhead to Chelsea parkmlive.com
Washtenaw sheriff joins effort to advance 911 systems nationwide
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – A nationwide effort to improve emergency communication services is being assisted by Washtenaw County’s top law enforcement official. Washtenaw County Sheriff’ Jerry Clayton announced Wednesday, July 6, that he is part of a nationwide effort to analyze and improve 911 services through the publicly led program Transform911. Clayton serves as co-chairman of the program, which is a national initiative to improve 911 emergency communication centers throughout the county, making them better able to assist the public. “While I believe that the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has already taken significant steps toward evolving 911 response in Washtenaw County. After years of research and foundational work, starting in 2019, the initiative released a blueprint for how better manage 911 systems, recognizing many 911 systems are under resourced, under staffed, not understood by the general public and not well positioned to nimbly adapt to future need.mlive.com
Longtime Superior Township treasurer’s retirement sets off debate over picking successor
That included words of thanks from county Sheriff Jerry Clayton, county Commissioners Jason Morgan and Caroline Sanders, as well as Superior Township officials past and present, according to meeting minutes. But while there’s little doubt among officials McKinney’s decades of public service deserve recognition, there’s also a potential storm brewing behind the scenes over what happens next on the township board. It outlines a proposed swap of sorts between McKinney and Lewis for their township positions. That stinks,” said township Trustee Bernice Lindke, a relative newcomer to the board, elected in 2020. That’s what some township board members advocate.mlive.com
‘I don’t want a Big Brother state’: Sheriff discusses license plate readers in Ypsilanti Township
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton believes license plate readers mounted in Ypsilanti Township could be useful in reducing crime, but it’s not without risks if safeguards are not put in place. License plate readers could be coming to Ypsilanti TownshipYpsilanti Township is considering moving forward with the purchase of stationary automated license plate readers, cameras that can capture license place information from passing vehicles on public roads. The cameras, which would be mounted at every intersection entering and exiting Ypsilanti Township, are not a live video recording being monitored. Instead, they take a single photo of the back of a vehicle capturing its license plate, Washtenaw County Sheriff Lt. Keith Flores said. The presentation can be viewed in its entirety on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.mlive.com
License plate readers could be coming to Ypsilanti Township
Ypsilanti Township is considering moving forward with the purchase of stationary automated license plate readers, cameras that can capture license place information from passing vehicles on public roads. “Any surveillance that we are considering, there’s a process that we will follow,” said county Sheriff Jerry Clayton in a Monday interview. County deputies have been working behind the scenes with Ypsilanti Township over the cameras. Clayton said the idea for the cameras originated with a township staffer, but police thought it worthwhile to explore the technology. The sheriff said he opposed mobile license plate readers on patrol vehicles.mlive.com
Crimes can be reported online in Washtenaw County with new service
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI -- A new service will allow Washtenaw County residents to submit reports online for non-emergency crimes, officials said. The Online Citizen Police Reporting System (OCPRS) went live on March 18, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton announced in a news release. Residents making reports should include their name, address, birthdate and phone number, police said. After a report is made, the resident will be sent an email with a temporary reference number. Michigan school claims error in COVID-19 outbreak reportingFree at-home COVID tests and masks arrived too late, experts sayCOVID ‘Deltacron’ variant: Where is it?mlive.com
Longtime teacher, attorney appointed Washtenaw Sheriff Director of Innovative Inclusion
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has found a new director to help make its goal of continued growth in equity and inclusion within the community possible. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton announced Friday, March 18, the appointment of Kimberly Jones as the office’s new director of innovative inclusion, a newly created position in the sheriff’s office, according to a written statement. One of those areas of opportunity is in the inclusion and equity space,” Clayton said. Jones was selected for the role after a lengthy search, accepting the role on Jan. 31, Clayton said. During her time in law school, Jones interned with the Michigan Poverty Law Program and the Cooley Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic.mlive.com
To keep teens out of court, new Washtenaw County Sheriff’s program teaches them to drive
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - For some Washtenaw County teenagers learning the rules of the road or how to parallel park isn’t the only thing standing in the way of getting their first driver’s license. Those younger than 18 also face the costly requirement of a driver’s education class, some running $600 for the necessary hours of instruction. That’s why the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is getting involved, according to a memo from Sheriff Jerry Clayton. Year one is funded through a $33,000 grant from the AAA Foundation, which the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to accept on Feb. 16. Many of the teens who would benefit come from Black or communities of color, county officials say.mlive.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office begins vaccinating Washtenaw County Jail population
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – On Monday, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced it is now vaccinating incarcerated individuals at Washtenaw County Jail against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Due to their close quarters, those within the jail are susceptible to outbreaks and have the potential to become “community spreaders”, officials said. In a statement, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton highlighted steps WCSO and its partners have taken during the pandemic to reduce the risk of spreading the virus within the jail. Those entering the jail can receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. WCSO also has an online tracking COVID-19 data within Washtenaw County Jail.
Fairness, equity is the goal of new positions coming to Washtenaw County’s criminal justice system
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — New positions have been created to further Washtenaw County’s commitment to fairness and equity within the county’s prosecutor’s and sheriff’s offices, officials said. The positions were unanimously approved by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, March 3. “The director of diversity, equity, and inclusion will build on the racial equity work already being done by the county,” Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton said. The LEADD prosecutor will be responsible for all cases that have been diverted through the LEADD program and tracking the progress of participants. “As a board, we are committed to supporting efforts to increase the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Washtenaw County,” said county board chairwoman Sue Shink.mlive.com
Washtenaw County sheriff forgives more than $500k in prisoner debt, ending 'absurd cycle'
It’s this absurd cycle, along with reincarceration, that we are focused on.”While all inmates receive free basic care items upon incarceration, like deodorant, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products,it's up to the inmate to fund other essentials, usually by having friends or family supply commissary funds. However, if the inmate is unable to pay for services or supplies, they begin incurring debt, and when money is dropped into their commissary accounts, it goes toward the debt.This, as Sheriff Clayton says, is an “absurd cycle” that prevents inmates from seeking health services, and makes it more difficult for inmates to get back on their feet financially once they've been released. This reliance on outside funds to pay off debt can also create rifts between families and can create a barrier to reunification or continued financial support.According to the Sheriff's Office, there is a notable improvement in mood and behavior when individuals are able to access supplies and services beyond those provided upon entry, which creates a safer environment for jail staff and incarcerated individuals.In addition to the debt relief, the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is also looking to adjust fees for services, such as medical care, copies of paperwork, barber services, intake kits, booking fees, and over the counter medication. According to a recent breakdown of fees and debt that have accrued since 2013, more than 17,198 individuals are affected by more than $291,318 in booking fee debt and more than 4,580 individuals owe a combined total of $64,867 for medication.The move by Sheriff Clayton's office follows suit with progressive policy changes made by Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit, who, since being appointed last month, has committed to no longer charging cases involving marijuana or magic mushrooms , nor will the county pursue charges for consensual sex work , or low-level offenses for juveniles . Savit has also banned drug charges from racist 'pretext stops '.You can read the full press release at Washtenaw.govmetrotimes.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office forgives over $500,000 in jail debt
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has forgiven $509,888 of outstanding debt incurred by 31,614 individuals while at Washtenaw County Jail. The decision, made by Sheriff Jerry Clayton and supported by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, affects community members incarcerated between January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2020. “Our decision to eliminate this debt reflects our understanding of the stress and financial burden of incarceration,” said Clayton through a release. AdThe sum of $509,888 was identified after a review of the jail debt owed since 2013. In 2019, it increased the amount of money an indigent incarcerated individual was allowed from $3 per week to $5 per week and expanded what items that money could buy.
Michigan sheriff forgives more than $500,000 in jail debt owed by past and current inmates
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Former and current inmates who owe money to the Washtenaw County Jail for services and fees can rest easy knowing police are not coming to collect. “Our decision to eliminate this debt reflects our understanding of the stress and financial burden of incarceration,” Clayton said in the announcement. Historically, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has not aggressively pursued non-payment of jail debt through creditors or other means, Clayton said. Without the debt, individuals are better positioned to meet their basic needs beyond what the jail provides. Prior to the debt forgiveness announcement, the sheriff’s office has taken steps to reduce the financial burden on inmates lodged in the jail.mlive.com
Two-sport All-Stater Sarah Marvin of Byron announces college choice
FLINT – When it came right down to it, the colleges recruiting two-sport star Sarah Marvin of Byron didn’t have a chance against the University of Michigan. “It’s just the perfect school,” Marvin said. It’s obviously a huge, huge, huge plus now that I am close to home my parents and family can come watch me without driving 10 hours.”Marvin thinks working with Michigan head coach Jerry Clayton – who also oversees the throwers – will help her maximize her potential. Marvin thinks she has the potential to throw after college and believes Clayton is the right coach to help her do that. MORE:Summer of Sarah continues with Michigan recordSarah Marvin narrows college candidates to 5Vote for Flint-area football Player of WeekByron runner to run personal marathonmlive.com
Superior Township gunman found dead inside home hours after Washtenaw County deputy was shot
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A gunman was found dead inside a Superior Township home Wednesday night hours after a Washtenaw County deputy was shot Superior Township, putting an end to a nine-hour standoff. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton could not confirm how the man died. The gunman was identified by a member of the condo board of directors as Nathan Hardenburg. A man said he and his son were handling lawn care when they encountered the shooter. The man, like other residents, was forced to stay inside for hours.
Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office announces new role, police reform, oversight changes
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. A policing compliance commission and police reform discussions were among numerous changes announced Wednesday morning by the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office. At the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office, we recognize that success comes from a desire to be better every day. We are committed to being better every day, said Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton in a video. The topic areas include building trust, policy and oversight, community policing and crime reduction, training and officer wellness. WCSO Hiring CommitteeTo better its organization, WCSO is adding community members to the selection processes for hiring new employees.
Here’s how Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office plans to enforce Gov. Whitmer’s new mask rules
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office revealed how it plans to enforce Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s new orderWhitmer issued an executive order Friday that reiterates Michigan residents are required to wear face coverings whenever they are at an indoor public space. Any business that is open to the public must refuse entry or service to people who won’t wear a face covering, with limited exceptions. Washtenaw County enforcementOn Tuesday, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office laid out its plan for enforcing the new mask rules. RELATED: How Wayne County Sheriff’s Office plans to enforce new mask rules“Our goal will be to gain compliance through education, offer a mask if available and, in rare circumstances, cite if absolutely necessary,” Clayton said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff appointed founding member of national criminal justice think tank
ANN ARBOR Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton has been elected as a founding member of a new nationwide organization and think tank that aims to steer policy in the criminal justice field. According to its mission statement:The Council on Criminal Justice advances understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. We believe a fair and effective criminal justice system is essential to democracy and a core measure of our nations well-being. The Councils advisory Board of Trustees is co-chaired by Mark Holden of Koch Industries and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Jerry BrownFormer Philadelphia Mayor Michael NutterVan Jones of CNNSheriff Clayton was nominated by Trustees and Directors and elected by the Councils Board of Directors.
Washtenaw County Community Advisory Board for Law Enforcement seeks input on Ypsilanti incident
YPSILANTI, Mich. The Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office Community Advisory Board for Law Enforcement is requesting public input relating to a May incident in the Apple Ridge neighborhood of Ypsilanti. On May 26, ShaTeina Grady El and her husband Daniyal Grady El were arrested by Washtenaw County Sheriffs deputies after allegedly refusing to leave the scene of a shooting. In a YouTube video, CABLE chair Justin Hodge asked community members to share their thoughts and opinions on the incident, which will be relayed to the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office. CABLE was created to liaise between the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office and the public. Members of the advisory board gather information on issues regarding the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office, review policies or procedures and make recommendations on incidents.
Police chief, Harbaugh march in local protest; Ann Arbor District Library to reopen; Afternoon Delight owner retires
- Meredith (@meredith_A4)Whats been happening: The Ann Arbor District Library will open in phases starting June 15. (A4) Although its been open since May, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market now allows on-site shopping with restrictions. (A4) Ann Arbor City Council voted to put off a water rate hike until 2021 due to the health crisis. (A4) The first Fisher House in Michigan opened in Ann Arbor this week to serve families and caregivers of veterans hospitalized at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Either way, youll want to look at this epic fort an Ann Arbor family of artists built in their basement.
Protest held in Washtenaw County after video surfaces showing deputy punching woman
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. A peaceful protest was held in Washtenaw County after video surfaced showing a sheriffs deputy punching a woman three times at a shooting scene. The original video, was filmed by a bystander and went viral on social media -- which prompted protests in the county. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton said before punches were thrown the woman in the case bit the deputy and threatened to bite another one. READ: Washtenaw County Sheriff: Body cam footage from deputy shows woman bit officerIm physically and mentally broken from this assault, but my heart is full, Shatina Grady El said as she addressed supporters on Friday. The incident happened after police were called to a shooting scene in Ypsilanti and found a woman had been shot.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Friday, May 29, 2020
DETROIT More parts of Michigan will reopen in the upcoming days as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to slow, the states top health official said. There are 15 specific coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms listed in the governments new tool designed to let Michigan residents check themselves for early signs of the virus. Gretchen Whitmer has been called to testify before a U.S. House subcommittee about her states response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a remote hearing on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. via Cisco Webex. The hearing is titled, On the Front Lines: How Governors are Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic.Read MoreThursday, May 28, 2020 -- Saturday, May 30, 2020
Washtenaw County Sheriff: Body cam footage from deputy shows woman bit officer
Footage from the deputy in questions body cam reveals ShaTeina Grady El bit the officer during the altercation. According to Sheriff Clayton, Grady El bit the deputy first and he responded by punching her. According to the body cam footage, an officer tended to a gunshot victim who was sitting in her car. Sheriff Clayton would not comment on whether punching is an appropriate use of force against a suspect or if it is part of training. The body cam footage was released after days of protests outside the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office and on Washtenaw Avenue near US-23 where hundreds of protesters gathered to demand answers for excessive force used by the sheriffs deputy.
Michigan sheriff: Woman hit by deputy had bitten him first
DETROIT A black woman who was seen on video being punched by a Michigan sheriff's deputy bit the officer before she was struck, the sheriff said Friday. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton played video and audio from the confrontation with ShaTeina Grady El, which occurred Tuesday night while deputies were investigating a shooting in Ypsilanti Township. The body cam doesn't show the deputy striking Grady El because they were so close together, the sheriff said. Hundreds of people have protested at the sheriff's office this week in response to the phone video of Grady El being hit. Grady El has two unrelated cases pending in Wayne County, including a charge of resisting police in Canton Township.
Washtenaw County sheriff reacts to excessive force investigation following disturbing viral video
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke to Local 4 regarding a viral video that has prompted outrage. Clayton says as an African American and the sheriff of Washtenaw County it was disheartening to watch the video of one of his deputies repeatedly punching a woman while trying to make an arrest. READ: Investigation underway after video goes viral showing Washtenaw County deputy striking woman during arrestObviously, its an unfortunate situation. The images themselves are disturbing to me, said Sheriff Clayton. We have spent over a decade working and culturing the organization and partnering with the community and co-producing public safety, recalled Sheriff Clayton.
Violent arrest of local woman sparks outrage; Ann Arbor deer cull is off; Briarwood Mall reopens
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton launched an immediate investigation and called the images disturbing. (A4) Ann Arbors deer cull is off this year. (A4) Arbor Brewing Companys original brewhouse is relocating after 25 years in downtown Ann Arbor. (A4)Good to know: The Taste of Ann Arbor is happening now through Sunday -- but not in the traditional sense. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Washtenaw County Sheriff to release video showing deputy punching black woman: What to know
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. The Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office will release new video and information after a deputy was filmed repeatedly punching a black woman during an arrest in Ypsilanti Township. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton will offer an update on the investigation on Friday afternoon a 1 p.m. -- you can watch it live in the video player above. What happenedOn the evening of Memorial Day, a video of a women being punched by a Washtenaw County Sheriffs deputy went viral on social media. Investigation launchedSeveral staff members at the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is underway. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke to Local 4 regarding a viral video that has prompted outrage.
Rep. Debbie Dingell: Violent arrest of woman very serious setback for Washtenaw community
ANN ARBOR Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) reacted on Wednesday to a video of a Washtenaw County sheriffs deputy punching a black woman several times while performing an arrest in Ypsilanti Township. The Washtenaw community is hurting, Dingell said in a statement. But no matter the outcome, this incident is a very serious setback for this community, Dingell continued. An investigation has been launched and several Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office staff members have been placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, protesters blocked traffic at the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Carpenter Road in Pittsfield Township and gathered outside the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office for a second consecutive day on Thursday.
Protests Spark After Video Shows Michigan Deputy Punching Woman
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) A Michigan sheriffs deputy is seen on video punching a black woman in the head several times during her arrest early Tuesday, and another deputy tased her husband after the couple allegedly refused an order to leave the scene of a shooting. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton said several officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, including the one seen on the video punching the woman, and an internal investigation is underway. There is absolutely no doubt, and no argument from me, that the images in the video are disturbing, Clayton said. The sheriffs department was called to scene on reports 30 people were arguing and shots had been fired. He says the sheriffs department is committed to sharing all the facts in the case with the public as it becomes available.detroit.cbslocal.com
Video showing Michigan deputy punching woman sparks protests
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton said several officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, including the one seen on the video punching the woman, and an internal investigation is underway. There is absolutely no doubt, and no argument from me, that the images in the video are disturbing, Clayton said. The sheriffs department was called to scene on reports 30 people were arguing and shots had been fired. In his statement, Clayton said his office is investigating the use of force against the Grady Els and their arrests. He says the sheriffs department is committed to sharing all the facts in the case with the public as it becomes available.
Washtenaw County sheriff, officials write op-ed in support of DACA
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. - Washtenaw County Sheriff, Jerry Clayton; Mark Gonzalez, district attorney of Nueces County, Texas; and Miriam Aroni Krinsky, a former federal prosecutor and executive director of Fair and Just Prosecution penned an op-ed in The Hill explaining why they signed onto a recent amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court defending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. When immigrant communities cannot trust law enforcement such as when they believe that contacting police or cooperating with prosecutors could lead to deportation for themselves or others the system breaks down and the entire community suffers. One recent study found that individuals living in communities of recent immigrants are less likely to report violent crime. In particular, in neighborhoods where 65 percent of residents are immigrants, there is only a 5 percent chance that a victim will report a violent crime, compared with a 48 percent chance in a neighborhood where only 10 percent of residents are born outside the United States," a section in the op-ed reads. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Inside The Breakfast at St. Andrew's; Concordia's moving 9/11 tribute; Ohio stink scare
Flags planted by Concordia University students line the Geddes Road roundabout on Sept. 11, 2019. Here in Ann Arbor, students at Concordia University planted hundreds of flags at the busy roundabout on Geddes Road in an effort to encourage motorists to remember the events of 9/11. (A4) Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra announced the date for its anticipated annual Star Wars concert, and tickets are going fast. (A4) Finally, learn how Ann Arbor Distilling Co. crafts its seasonal gins at a special Taste & Tell on Sept. 18. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
Danielle Stislicki's mother, best friend testify at hearing in murder caseThe first day of a preliminary exam for Floyd Galloway, the man charged in the murder of Danielle Stislicki, took place Monday. Floyd Galloway Jr. has been behind bars since 2017 after he pleaded guilty to strangling and sexual assaulting a Livonia jogger a few months before Danielle Stislicki disappeared. A Metro Detroit man who is battling an illness is attempting to set a push-up challenge world record. Be informedImmigrant statusFollowing the mass shooting in Texas and ICE raids in Mississippi, a local sheriff wants to reassure immigrants who may be afraid. Tweets by Local4NewsCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Washtenaw County deputies won't ask immigrants about their status
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. - Following the mass shooting in Texas and ICE raids in Mississippi a local sheriff wants to reassure immigrants who may be afraid. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says his deputies will not ask immigrants about their status. Clayton wants people in trouble to feel safe calling police. But on a local level Robinson says the move by the Washtenaw County sheriff sends a strong message. "He wants to protect everybody in his community and make sure they are safe regardless of immigration status," Robinson said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff signs national letter to immigrant communities
ANN ARBOR - Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton has signed a letter penned to immigrant communities across the U.S. by the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force. State and local law enforcement should target criminals, not contributing members of the community. Federal law enforcement should refocus its priorities toward catching serious criminals and security threats. Read the full letter below:Dear Immigrant Communities:As members of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF), we want to assure you and communities across the country that local law enforcement serves to keep everyone safe. We cooperate with federal law enforcement to respond to threats in our communities when our safety is at stake.