detroit violence en This is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have <p>By now, millions know the story.</p><p>Thirteen days ago, on the east side of Detroit, a ten-year-old boy darted in front of a truck driven by a middle-aged tree trimmer named Steven Utash. He couldn’t help hitting the child, whose leg was broken.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Utash<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> got out to check on the boy, a mob beat him so severely he nearly died. He was in a medically-induced coma for days, and may end up with permanent brain damage.</span></p><p>All that is horrifying enough, but there is one additional terrible detail which is the main reason the story has gotten national attention.</p><p>The tree trimmer was white. His assailants were all black. And I can tell you that this is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have. This may be more devastating to the city than Kwame Kilpatrick ever was. People are used to crooked politicians of all colors, shapes and sizes. Detroit had white mayors who wound up in prison long before Kilpatrick was born. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:29:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17230 at This is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have In this morning's headlines: Detroit bankruptcy mediation, city crime rates, car insurance fraud <p><strong>Detroit bankruptcy mediation begins today</strong></p><p>“The mediation portion of Detroit’s bankruptcy starts today. The city and its creditors will try to find common ground outside court. City and state officials will meet with the city’s major unions and retirement systems,” Sarah Cwiek <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>16% of Michiganders are driving with fraudulent insurance </strong></p><p>“Michigan’s Secretary of State says statistics show a large percentage of Michigan motorists are driving around with phony auto insurance policies. A recent one day survey found 16 percent of auto registration renewals used fraudulent paper insurance certificates,” Steve Carmody <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Flint and Detroit still get top rankings for violence</strong></p><p>Flint and Detroit remain the most violent cities in America. The <a href="">Detroit News reports</a> on FBI crime statistics released Monday.<br>&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“Flint saw an overall rise in violent crime. The city reported 2,774 violent crimes in 2012, nearly 400 more than 2011’s total of 2,392, the FBI reported. Detroit saw a small drop in violent crime with 15,011 incidents in 2012, compared to 15,245 in 2011.”</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:27:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14449 at In this morning's headlines: Detroit bankruptcy mediation, city crime rates, car insurance fraud Feds vow to crack down on Detroit crime <p>Detroit Police and federal law enforcement agencies say they&rsquo;re<a href=""> strengthening their collaboration to fight violence.</a></p><p>And they&rsquo;ve set their sights on Detroit&rsquo;s most dangerous neighborhoods.</p><p>Law enforcement brass gathered at the crime wave&rsquo;s ground zero&mdash;the city&rsquo;s east side&mdash;to outline their joint plans Wednesday.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 02:46:36 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6436 at Feds vow to crack down on Detroit crime More children claimed by Detroit violence <div class="grid_18" id="insideTDN"><div class="insideTDNWrapper"><p>Mayor Dave Bing is pleading with Detroiters to &ldquo;stop the madness&rdquo; after<a href="|topnews|img|FRONTPAGE"> another violent weekend in the city</a>.</p><p>Bing&rsquo;s plea comes after a shooting on the city&rsquo;s east side left a six-year-old boy critically injured.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 02:19:18 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6396 at More children claimed by Detroit violence Detroit leaders promise to take on crime <pre> Federal, state, and local officials say they&rsquo;re banding together to fight rising gun violence in Detroit. </pre> <pre> FBI Special Agent Andy Arena, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing are among those calling for a &ldquo;holistic&rdquo; </pre> <pre> approach to curbing crime. </pre> <pre> Arena says the FBI is pitching in by helping analyze Detroit&rsquo;s crime data for trends and hotspots. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:37:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3902 at Detroit leaders promise to take on crime Detroit Police credit citizen group, anonymous hotlines with arrest <p>Detroit Police say they&rsquo;ve made <a href="">an arrest in a murder case</a> that sparked what the police chief calls an &ldquo;unusual level of outrage&rdquo; in the community.</p><p>3-year-old Aarie Berry died after someone shot at her house last month. Police have arrested a neighbor they say was part of an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood.</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:22:49 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3697 at