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
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.
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)
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 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
For a guy recently re-elected by a large margin, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is surprisingly unpopular beyond Downtown. You don’t have to go far or listen hard to hear the complaints. He’s not a Detroiter. He’s corrupt. He’s giving away the city to his pals. He’s White. He only cares about Downtown. I have my … Continue reading Give Mike A Break
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.
Below is an email sent to the members of Detroit City Council on January 26, 2018. As of February 23, 2018, only the office of Councilman Roy McCalister has even bothered to responded. Dear Council Member, I’m writing to express my concerns regarding Project Green Light, both as presently structured and as it might be … Continue reading Dear Detroit City Council…
We found no statistically significant difference in the crime rates between the PGL and non-PGL gas stations.
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.