Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Emails from the Mayor

Over the past week, I've been getting a steady stream of emails from Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and from an operation called "The Detroit Truth". They recount some of the various accomplishments of Mayor Kilpatrick in recent weeks.
Those things are all nice. I'm glad that they're happening. If anyone wants to see the actual emails, you can simply click the links above to see them as an Adobe PDF. However, and I cannot emphasize this part enough, I would trade every one of those things away if I could simply get a police officer to show up the next time I have to call 9-1-1.

We as a community - not just the Warrendale neighborhood, but all of Detroit - need to have a very candid conversation about the quality of police and other public services in our neighborhoods. Everyone that I know who has visited our neighborhoods from any other major city is always amazed at just how incredibly bad the Detroit Police Department performs.

More importantly, they're amazed that Detroiters put up with it.

1 comment:

inprogress said...

I play soccer with a Detroit Police officer (and work with his mother). You would be AMAZED to hear the stories of how understaffed they are. It is nothing short of laughable. I could be a bit off... but I thought he was telling me that after the last round of layoffs, the DPD is operating about 30% compared to just a few years ago.

Oh, and I sat on a jury downtown earlier this year. I COULD NOT believe what I saw in the court room. Two officers arrested a known drug dealer, who was actively dealing and carrying a loaded, automatic weapon, and even threatened the lives of a federal agent's family... yet you would have thought the officers were on trial, not the drug dealer, based on the other juror's prejudices against everyone in uniform. It made me sick!

Not that I'm bitter, haha.