Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Vigilante Shooting

WXYZ-TV (Chanel 7) reported on their noon news that three people assaulted and then shot a man at Joy Rd. and Greenview who allegedly had been robbing homes in the Warrendale area. I couldn't find this story on their web site. However, I'm not surprised that something like this happened.

The Detroit Police Department has been extremely unresponsive to crime outside of downtown and a handful of neighborhoods. It's an unfortunate reality that sooner or later one resident or another would take matters into their own hands.

This, of course, is simply one more reason why I believe that we as a community need to demand some radical changes within DPD. The more crime is ignored by professional police officers, the stronger the temptation will be for citizens to resort to vigilante justice.

When people become vigilantes, concepts like "due process" and "innocent until proven guilty" fade into obscurity, which in turn means that it's inevitable that someone who is wrongly accused will find themselves beaten and shot like the man this morning.

3 comments:

Rebecca said...

Is is possible to get in touch with Channel 7 to see if there's more information? This really is the kind of story that needs to be brought to the attention of city residents and city officials alike.

This reminds me of several years ago when a young child was snatched out of her bedroom by a pedophile a block away from me. He was caught by several neighbors and beaten, but those who apprehended him, held him until the police arrived to take over.

I'm glad that citizens have a sense of duty in their own neighborhoods, but it shouldn't have to be so heightened that something as extreme as "street justice" comes into play.

I feel for the police officers on duty as well. I know most of them wish they could do more to protect and serve. Unfortunately, they're out-numbered and overtaxed.

There's gotta be a better way.

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

Executive behavior
This scandal maybe affecting the demeanor and conduct of executives with in the police department. We saw tempers flair when Chief Bully-Cummings shook her finger in the face of Channel 7 reporter Steve Wilson. Now comes word that a Commander attacked another Commander at the Western District a few days ago, sending the Commander scurrying to the lobby of the District asking officers to arrest the attacking Commander for felonious assault.
check out: www.firejerryo.com

For years I have spoken out about the problems withing the Detroit Police Department.
From poor recruiting, low hiring standards, violation of fedeal EEOC laws, nepotism, favoritism, croynism, poor equipment, lack of training etc. etc. ect...and failure of the police executives.
The media has failed to listen and the public hasn't been concerned enough to demans action.
Cummings - DPD Reoganization Plan is a complete failure, The Haddad Memo - repeated what I had be saying publicly for years - the DPD can't protect the residents of Detroit and it starts at the top.
We need a new Mayor, City Council and a new Police Chief, the best and brightest in the USA -and we need them NOW...
David L. Malhalab
Sgt DPD Retired

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

Executive behavior: Mayor scandal -

This scandal maybe affecting the demeanor and conduct of executives with in the police department. We saw tempers flair when Chief Bully-Cummings shook her finger in the face of Channel 7 reporter Steve Wilson.
Now comes word that a Commander attacked another Commander at the Western District a few days ago, sending the Commander scurrying to the lobby of the District asking officers to arrest the attacking Commander for felonious assault.
check out: www.firejerryo.com

For years I have spoken out about the problems within the Detroit Police Department.

From poor recruiting, low hiring standards, violation of fedeal EEOC laws, nepotism, favoritism, croynism, poor equipment, lack of training etc. etc. etc...and failure of the police executives.

The media has failed to listen and the public hasn't been
concerned enough to demans action.

Cummings - DPD Reoganization Plan is a complete failure, The Haddad Memo - repeated what I had been saying publicly for years - the DPD can't protect the residents of Detroit and it starts at the top.

We need a new Mayor, City Council and a new Police Chief, the best and brightest in the USA -and we need them NOW...

Remember Detroit Police Officers haven't failed residents - the Executive leadership has.......

David L. Malhalab
Sgt DPD Retired

corrected spelling errors...