Black on Black Crime & BLM: The Message, The Movement, The Network

I want to give people the benefit of the doubt. Really. But sometimes it’s really hard when someone says “all lives matter” in response to “Black lives matter.”  It’s even more difficult when the response is “what about Black on Black crime?” from someone who really should know better (I'm talking to you Terry Crews). … Continue reading Black on Black Crime & BLM: The Message, The Movement, The Network

A Guide to Police Abolition

It is an intellectual and emotional struggle to accept dismantling a system we have been told our entire lives is all that stands between civilization and chaos. While I can’t speak for every activist seeking to defund the police, let me offer a path, a thought map of sorts, to guide how we can think abolition.

Chief Craig May Be a Great Guy, But He Needs to Go … And Not for the Reasons You Think)

This is part of a continuing series on surveillance in Detroit. On Thursday, the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) approved a set of policies and guidelines to govern the use of facial recognition technology by the Detroit Police Department (DPD). BOPC did this despite significant public opposition. Despite clear evidence that other cities are … Continue reading Chief Craig May Be a Great Guy, But He Needs to Go … And Not for the Reasons You Think)

Detroit Must Reject Facial Recognition Technology.

PUBLISHED IN DEADLINE DETROIT, AUGUST 14, 2019 Just over a month ago, the Detroit Police Department proposed a series of policies to govern facial recognition technology in police surveillance programs. The policy proposals surprised most Detroiters, who had no idea facial recognition was being used and couldn’t believe that DPD had gone a year without a policy for … Continue reading Detroit Must Reject Facial Recognition Technology.

Project Green Light and the School to Prison Pipeline

Project Green Light is going to put every Detroit Public School student into a police database. I think this is a problem. Project Green Light (PGLD), according to their website, "is the first public-private-community partnership of its kind, blending a mix of real-time crime-fighting and community policing aimed at improving neighborhood safety, promoting the revitalization and growth of … Continue reading Project Green Light and the School to Prison Pipeline

Chief Craig’s Answers on Project Green Light.

I am not a fan of Project Green Light (PGLD). For those unfamiliar with the program, according to their website, “Project Green Light Detroit is the first public-private-community partnership of its kind, blending a mix of real-time crime-fighting and community policing aimed at improving neighborhood safety, promoting the revitalization and growth of local businesses, and strengthening DPD’s efforts to deter, … Continue reading Chief Craig’s Answers on Project Green Light.

Project Green Light (Part III): Follow the Money as it Leaves Detroit.

This is Part III of a series examining a proposed ordinance that would require every business in Detroit open after 10 pm to participate in Project Green Light. For a description of Project Green Light (the reality, not the hype) see Part I . To see what Project Green Light has actually accomplished, See Part II So, about … Continue reading Project Green Light (Part III): Follow the Money as it Leaves Detroit.