|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.