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Politics & Government
8:09 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Detroit Police Chief promises massive reorganization, revives "gang intelligence"

 Detroit Police Chief James Craig says he’s in the midst of a sweeping departmental reorganization.

He’s also thinking about reviving a version of the department’s gang squad. That unit disbanded in March amidst great controversy.

Craig says “it won’t be like the old days,” though. He plans to bring back a highly-specialized Tactical Services Section, which could include a gang intelligence arm.

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Business
5:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Detroit program employs off-duty cops to maintain safe neighborhood

Off-duty Detroit Police officers are hired by JEBA for extra security
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The Jefferson Corridor in Detroit is home to the Clean and Safe program.

The program was created in part by the organization formerly known as the Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA). JEBA recently merged with the East Jefferson Corridor Collaboration to form the Jefferson East Inc.

The program is aimed at reducing crime in the Jefferson Corridor by taking advantage of a special program that allows off-duty Detroit police officers to be hired during their off-hours. The officers are armed, uniformed, and use DPD squad cars, at no extra cost to taxpayers. Cops who have seniority and a clean record are eligible. 

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Law
6:24 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Two real cops arrested in Detroit "police impersonation" armed robbery

Two police officers now find themselves on the other side of the law, accused of armed robbery.

A 20-year Detroit police sergeant and a colleague from suburban Saint Clair Shores allegedly used their badges to rob and assault two customers at an east side Detroit gas station earlier this month.

The men pulled in a black pick-up truck equipped with sirens. Guns drawn and badges visible, they detained, searched and allegedly stole items, including cash, from the victims.

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Law
10:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Investigations, outrage after Detroit Police arrest news photographer

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Detroit and national news media are in an uproar after learning a news photographer was arrested for filming police last week.

Detroit Free Press photographer Mandi Wright was filming police making an arrest on her iPhone last Thursday.

Here's the video:

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Politics & Government
2:29 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Detroit's police, fire dispatch system still not 100%

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Police Chief James Craig says Detroit's emergency dispatch system still isn't fully operational after crashing last week.

Fire, police and emergency medical services were not able to use the system for about two hours on July 5.

Some officers used cell phones to contact dispatchers. Calls for service were routed through state police dispatchers. Residents in non-emergencies were told to go to a police station and file a complaint.

Politics & Government
10:58 am
Tue July 2, 2013

New Detroit Police Chief: 'I'm going to take care of the cops'

James Craig addresses officers at Detroit's 10th precinct.
Credit Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

“We will get this done,” James Craig, Detroit’s new police chief, told officers at the 10th precinct during roll call Monday.

Craig, during his first day on the job, promised officers that he would start “treating police like adults.” And he vowed to make Detroit “one of the safest major cities in America.”

“You can’t have a safe city if you don’t take care of the cops,” Craig said.  “And I’m going to take care of the cops.”

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Politics & Government
7:21 am
Mon July 1, 2013

In this morning's news: Common Core debate, Detroit's new police chief, teen unemployment rate

Morning News Roundup for Monday, July 1, 2013
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Common Core debate continues in committee

State lawmakers have formed a special committee to debate the merits of the Common Core Standards Initiative. The state Legislature blocked the state from implementing the school standards last month. Lawmakers said they needed more time to review Common Core before letting it take full effect in Michigan.

Detroit's new police chief begins first day on the job

Detroit’s new police chief, James Craig, will report to work for the first time today. Craig, a native Detroiter, returns to the city from Cincinnati where he was named police chief in 2011. Craig said some of his top goals include raising department morale and putting more civilians in positions that had been held by officers.

Teen unemployment rate more than double the state’s overall rate

State labor officials say a quarter of Michigan teens who want a job can’t find one this summer. State and local officials say limits on federal grants intended to promote youth employment are partly to blame. 

“Michael Finney, president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, says he would like to do more to improve the teen job picture in cities like Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, and Saginaw as a way to reduce crime,” Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reports.

Politics & Government
11:37 am
Fri June 28, 2013

New look for Detroit police cars, new headquarters unveiled

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Squad cars are getting a new look in Detroit. Going from this:

To this:

The new look for the police cars was unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony this morning at Detroit's new $60 million public safety headquarters.

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Politics & Government
6:23 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Orr puts Detroit unions on notice

Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has reminded two of the city’s biggest unions that their contracts are expiring soon.

In letters sent this week, Orr emphasized that he’s not required to conduct collective bargaining sessions.

Under the state’s emergency manager law, he could impose new terms on the unions.

Mark Young is President of the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association, which along with AFSCME Council 25 is one of the affected unions.

He says the officers should get a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Law
3:03 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New police program in Detroit proves effective

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Residents in Detroit's  Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood, on the city's northwest side, have been chatting up police officers more frequently for the past year.

In effort to cut down on crime, Detroit Police partnered with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research to create a new way to protect the neighborhoods in the area.

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Law
4:22 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Judge declares a mistrial in the Aiyana Stanley-Jones case

Aiyana Stanley- Jones was seven-years-old when Officer Joseph Weekley shot her
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Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway said today the trial of Detroit Police officer Joseph Weekley ended with a hung jury.

Weekly was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of seven year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones in 2010.

According to Elisha Anderson of the Detroit Free Press, the jurors sent a note to Hathaway earlier today as they deliberated, saying there was no "significant movement." The jury was "stuck."

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Law
11:34 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Deliberations continue today in Aiyana Stanley-Jones case

Joseph Weekley is facing a felony charge of 'invonluntary manslaughter' for the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
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DETROIT (AP) — A jury has resumed deliberations in the trial of a Detroit police officer blamed for the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl.

The jury met for about five hours Friday before going home for the weekend. Deliberations started again Monday around 9:30 a.m. in Wayne County court.

Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony.

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot in the head while she slept on a couch near the front door of a Detroit home. Weekley was leading a pack of officers into the home to search for a murder suspect in 2010.

Weekley claims he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana's grandmother struck his gun. Mertilla Jones denies any interference.

The jury could acquit Weekley or convict him of a lesser crime.

Law
8:53 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Jury to decide fate of Detroit cop who shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones

Jurors will get instructions from a judge and then start deliberations in the trial of a Detroit police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl.

Joseph Weekley told jurors Thursday that he wasn't reckless when he accidentally fired his gun during a raid, killing Aiyana Stanley-Jones three years ago. He says he was struggling with Aiyana's grandmother over the gun.

The jury is returning to court Friday. Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony, but the jury also can consider it a misdemeanor crime.

Prosecutor Rob Moran says there was no interference from grandmother Mertilla Jones. But defense attorney Steve Fishman says Jones has no credibility because she's told different stories about what happened.

Aiyana was killed when police raided a house to capture a murder suspect.

Law
4:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Trial begins today for officer who shot seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones

A protest in 2010 after Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot
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The trial of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a seven-year-old girl began today.

Officer Joseph Weekley shot Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a botched raid for a murder suspect in 2010. 

Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say he showed "gross negligence" in shooting the little girl. 

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Law
2:02 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The 6 most dangerous neighborhoods in Michigan

Looking down Livernois Avenue in Detroit. Location, Inc. ranks this area as the most dangerous in the country.
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With all the problems in Flint and Detroit, it's no surprise we see these cities end up on "most dangerous cities" lists.

The lists are generated using violent crime statistics from the FBI's annual "Uniform Crime Reports."

But all cities have neighborhoods prone to crime and many other neighborhoods that are not. They are safe, for the most part.

Location, Inc. says they took data from the FBI and other "exclusive data" developed by the company to rank the safety of specific neighborhoods around the country. 

Earlier this month, they released their list, Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America, on their website NeighborhoodScout. There are six Michigan neighborhoods on the list. The top three are in Detroit.

(Click on the street names below to see a map of the neighborhoods.)

  1. Detroit (West Chicago / Livernois Avenue)
  2. Detroit (Mack Avenue / Helen Street)
  3. Detroit (Gratiot Avenue / Rosemary)
  4. Detroit (Wyoming Street / Orangelawn Street)
  5. Saginaw (East Holland Avenue / East Genesee Avenue)
  6. Flint (Chambers Street / Stonegate Drive)
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Law
5:10 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Don't know much about Detroit's new Chief of Police? Read this.

James Craig was named Detroit's Chief of Police today
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Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr named former Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig as Detroit's new Chief of Police.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett attended the press conference, where Orr announced that Craig will begin July 1, 2013:

The new police chief of Michigan's largest city says he's committed to reducing violence and making the Detroit Police Department a premier police agency.

This announcement followed the plan that Orr outlined in his 45-day report on Detroit's economic status. 

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10:13 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Cincinnati Police Chief leaving for Detroit job

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Cincinnati Police Chief has confirmed this morning that he is leaving for Detroit. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
In an exclusive interview with The Enquirer this morning, Chief James Craig confirmed he's leaving Cincinnati and offered a glimpse into how he made the decision. He will stay on with the department for 30 days to help facilitate the transition and says he's confident the department will continue to make positive strides when he moves on.
Law
1:55 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Closed state prison to reopen in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - A state prison on Detroit's east side will be reopened as a temporary detention center for anyone arrested in the city.

Mayor Dave Bing's office says the summer opening of the Mound Correctional Facility will free up about 40 police officers for street patrols. It was closed by the state in January 2012.

Officers currently are assigned to five police lockup facilities and a holding unit at Detroit Receiving Hospital where people who are arrested are held until their arraignments. Prisoners then are released to the Wayne County sheriff's office.

Bing's office says the five police lockups will be closed and that the Mound facility will hold up to 200 people.

The city launched an initiative last month that focuses on crime hot spots, drug arrests and enforcing traffic laws.

Politics & Government
11:25 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Businesses plan to donate $8 million for Detroit EMS and police units

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DETROIT (AP) - A number businesses plan to donate $8 million to help Detroit get 23 EMS units and 100 police cars to boost public safety and reduce response times.

Mayor Dave Bing announced the effort Monday along with racing team owner Roger Penske, who leads Penske Automotive Group.

“As local business leaders, we appreciate this opportunity to work with the mayor, and police and fire departments, to help improve safety in the neighborhoods, and our downtown," said Penske.

“We can work together to provide and drive positive momentum in our city.”

Other donors involved include Quicken Loans Inc., General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Mayor Bing calls this an “unprecedented collaboration” with the city’s business community.

The money will actually go Detroit’s Downtown Development Partnership, which will lease the vehicles for the city and pay for maintenance.

But mayor Dave Bing says this isn’t about downtown.

“This is about the neighborhoods," Bing said. "So we can go out into our neighborhoods to let people know that we support them, and we have not forgotten about them.”

Violent crime in Detroit spiked last year. The city recorded 387 criminal homicides. And department cutbacks have slowed response times.

Detroiters should see the new police cars on patrol by early summer, but the EMS vehicles will take a little bit longer to arrive.

The announcement came on the same day bankruptcy attorney and turnaround specialist Kevyn Orr arrived at Detroit City Hall for his first day on the job as emergency manager. Orr takes over the finances of the largest city in the country to come under state oversight.

Bing said the timing of the announcement was a coincidence.

Politics & Government
6:05 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Bing, Detroit law enforcement launch collaborative crime-fighting effort

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and US Attorney Barbara McQuade
Credit Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing joined federal, state and local law enforcement to unveil the “Detroit One” crime-fighting initiative Thursday.

The idea underpinning the effort is that a large portion of Detroit’s violent crime is committed by a relatively small number of people.

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