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CRIME AND POLICE REFORM IN OUR CITY CALLS FOR A RADICAL CHANGE IN  MAYORAL LEADERSHIP AND IN FIVE OTHER CITIES IN AMERICA, “SAID AN  ARTICLE IN POLITICO”

DETROIT, Mich., March 17, 2021– We need a radical change in how we are addressing crime and police reform now. I understand the concerns of the citizens in Detroit regarding police reform and the crime in our city. According to a recent article in Politico, citizens in five other cities in America are looking to have a change in Mayoral leadership. A year after George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement, police reform is still top-of-mind in Minneapolis, New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit.

A comment from the Mayor’s Office indicated that they are doing a bang-up job in intervening in crime before it occurs. If that were so, why do we have the levels of crime increase? We Detroiters are sick and tired of excuses about COVID-19, slow court processes, and compassionate releases. If you’re telling me someone is committing multiple crimes and has not been picked up, that’s a dereliction of duty. If you’re telling me, folks are committing multiple gun violations and are not being picked up, that’s a dereliction of duty. My point, which they will never get, is that true community policing starts with investing in people, not surveillance technology, military equipment, or check the box approaches with community intervention.

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My call for 100 new specialists is a needed game-changer because it commits necessary resources to engage our at-risk population. We must get this under control to feel safe in our own community. I am challenging all Detroiters to put me through the litmus test and hold me accountable for the big changes that I will make within the police department with crime and police reform issues once I become Mayor of Detroit.

We, Detroit. We Deserve Better!

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