Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Raid at the CAID Revisited

I posted previously about a raid at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (the CAID) and how I thought it was a terrible use of police resources. If you don't remember it, please take a moment to review all of the gory details here.

The charges against all of those patrons were later dropped, which I reported on here.

I learned today that Funk Night, the monthly CAID event that prompted the raid in question, will return this month as their Halloween party. More importantly, they're bringing it back with a sense of humor.

First, they intend to screen surveillance footage from the now infamous police raid. In and of itself, I thought that was kind of ballsy.

The piece de resistance, however, is the fact that they are offering door prizes to anyone who comes to this Halloween party dressed as a police officer. For some reason, that just strikes me as downright priceless.

I do, however, have to take issue with one thing that they posted on their website.
The police are our friends. Sometimes some police do bad things. We must, however, recognize and be grateful for those who continue to do good, who preserve the honor and dignity of their profession while they serve and protect our safety and basic civil rights.
I think this was well-stated. However, I think it's important to remember that it wasn't the police officers themselves who got together and decided to ignore the higher priority crimes that nearby residents were calling 9-1-1 about. The police officers themselves didn't decide to do this.

They were acting under order from former Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings and the command officers that she put in place. It wasn't the officers on that scene who have anything to be ashamed of. It was their superiors with the Department at the time. Luckily for all Detroiters, many of those supervisors are no longer associated with the Detroit Police Department.

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