Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Shake-up within the Detroit Police Department

I had previously reported about a rather hellish experience that volunteers from the Warrendale Radio Patrol had on Angel's Night and how it only seemed to get worse when they turned to the Detroit Police Department for help. At the end of my posting on that subject, I mentioned that the entire matter had been brought to the attention of Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings.

An update was announced during the Warrendale Community Organization's November membership meeting. It's not clear if this happened as a direct result of their complaints, but I can announce three rather important things.
  • A police lieutenant with the Northwestern District of the Detroit Police Department, which serves the Warrendale neighborhood, has been demoted to sergeant and returned to patrol duty;
  • The police officer at the Northwestern District who refused to take a report from our volunteers has been relieved of duty. He was also ordered to undergo counselling before he can return to duty; and
  • The District also has a new community relations officer.
Again, it's not totally clear whether or not these developments are a result of the Angel's Night experience in Warrendale. It is possible that it's entirely a coincidence.

Regardless, I believe it is still very significant.
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