Monday, May 03, 2010

Breaking News: 5 Detroit Police Officers Shot

Five Detroit police officers were shot this morning on Detroit's east side. One of the police officers died at the scene. The other four are listed in temporary serious condition at St. John Hospital.

This shooting was approximately seventeen miles from the Warrendale neighborhood. However, it's very close emotionally.

The shooting reportedly happened at a house on Schoenherr St., just south of E. Eight Mile Rd. The suspect is in custody. Police recovered a handgun and approximately one pound of marijuana at the house.

Each of those officers will be in my thoughts and prayers today.

5 Detroit Police Officers Shot; 1 Killed - WWJ Newsradio 950

Update @ 2:38 p.m.
The name of the police officer who was killed in the line of duty has been released:  Police Officer Brian Huff. Officer Huff was a twelve year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, assigned to the Eastern District. He is survived by his wife and their ten-year old son.

His memorial page is available at the Officer Down web site here.

Update @ 4:56 p.m.
The Detroit Free Press has a photo gallery devoted to the tragic events of this morning available here.

1 comment:

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

Detroit needs an all out - War on Crime.

The death of Detroit PO Brian Huff and wounding of four other officers should be the last straw, the final spark that will get powerful Detroit black ministers off their bibles and get them onto their pulpits and pounding them and telling their members that it is alL right to call police and 'turn in' a murderer, robber, rapist, drug house, drug pusher, a B&E man/team, car thieves.

Mayor Bing, at every Detroit church, must also get up and declare that the police are not an occupying army or an army of oppressors and that residents should not fear police officers, that are trying to protect them from criminals, who have no concern for Detroit or its residents. We must change the culture in Detroit - that make residents accept crime and fear the police.

The Mayor should tell Ron Scott to shut up - and not to denigrate officers and to cooperate with the police department to make it better - not to help spread the fear and suspicion about police officers. The Board of Police Commissioners must be more visible and active
in making the Department better and accepted by the residents.

The ministers, Mayor and City Council member should commit themselves to making crime - the number one concern that needs to be solved - and make public safety Detroit's No. 1 problem.

Former Ella Bully Cummings should be held accountable for this officers death - you can't arrest criminals - when there is not enough jail space to put them in (she closed 1/2 of the jail cells in Detroit). Cummings created a now failed Reorganization Plan, failed to supervise the progress of the DOJ decrees, and violated EEOC laws. Cummings failed police officers and residents of Detroit, and the problems she created have not been solved.

Mayor Bing and the City Council must seek federal grants to get Detroit Police - state of the are equipment, hire and train more officers and to make DPD the best police department in the country. This cant be done just at the city level - it will also take a commitment from the State and Federal governments.

I have always offered to be a resource...and spoken out about the problems and solutions that are needed to make the DPD better - hopefully someone will begin to listen now.

The news media must take an active role in examining bad policies and the lack of progress and why problems remain unsolved year after year. (crisnet / lack of jail space-medical facility/ lack of facilities and equipment/ lack of quality leadership - just a few)

David L. Malhalab
Sgt DPD Retired