Detroit Police Chief James Craig says that under new Mayor Duggan, EM Kevyn Orr, Gestapo-like police raids on poor Black neighborhoods will continue
DPD has asked for suspension of monitoring of excessive force and conditions of confinement provisions of U.S. Department of Justice consent decree overseeing Detroit police
VOD editor, Dec. 27, 2013: I came across my file copy of the March 26, 2000 issue of the Michigan Citizen while packing to move today. The article below, written by the late Jesse Long-Bey (Omowale Ankobia), should lay to rest any illusions those who voted for soon-to-be Mayor Mike Duggan have, in particular regarding his concern for the Black majority population of Detroit. An earlier VOD article, linked below this one, discussed Duggan’s other alliances with the corporate elite who are seeking to drive poor and Black Detroiters from their city, by any means they choose.
That includes the vicious, Gestapo-like raids that Detroit Police Chief James Craig has visited so far on the Colony Arms Apartments on East Jefferson, the Martin Luther King Apartments on East Lafayette, and the Grand River/14th St./Joy Rd. neighborhood on Detroit’s west side. The mass media has reported these raids directly from the mouths of the police, with no investigation of whether the arrests, conducted by hundreds of police from multiple agencies, were valid, or just a means of further ridding the city of its Black and poor population, particularly its youth.
There are few job opportunities for them, half the public schools have been closed, virtually no recreation centers are left, and now the State has taken over Detroit’s Belle Isle, the largest urban island park in the country. State troopers will see to it that Detroit youth are denied access to the island to “cruise,” while suburbanite youth continue the time-honored tradition down Gratiot and Woodward Avenues.
The Oreo-cookie trio of EM Kevyn Orr, Duggan, and Chief Craig, who hails from the Los Angeles Police Department, one of the most vicious in the country, bodes ill for us in the coming year.
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