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Detroit Mayor Nominates Convicted Murderer for Police Commission

August 02, 2010  | 

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has nominated a convicted murderer-turned activist to the city's civilian police commission that sets department policy and hands down disciplinary action to officers, the Detroit News reports.

Raphael B. Johnson, now 35, served 12 years for second-degree murder and is now a motivational speaker. Johnson was convicted of shooting a man at a party in 1992 when he was 17.

City Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown, a former Detroit officer, said he has received a flood of negative feedback about the nomination.

Read the full story on Detnews.com.

Tags: Detroit PD, Police Commissions


Comments (5)

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ROB ROY @ 8/3/2010 12:39 AM

This is absolutley repugnant. How can this Mayor do something so incompetant as this. This has stuning stupid I just do not have the words to say how I feel.

mpietrucci @ 8/3/2010 9:12 AM

This has got to be the stupidest suggestion I have ever heard of. This would be a stupid consideration even in a bar after several drinks. OMG

ROB ROY @ 8/5/2010 6:10 AM

I just found out who this morans mother is and it explains everything. Another obama supporting liberal (and the word liberal is emphasized) lame brain democrat. Detroit you have nobody to blame but yourselves you all voted for these 2 idiots.

JUSTIN THOMPSON @ 8/14/2011 4:51 PM

I generally would not want a convict to be a cop. However I don't know anything about this convict. There are a few people around that have a felony and in a state like California they will prosecute you for defending your self and family against a violent crack head criminal, I know this is true and can prove it.

I like the idea of people who see both sides of the fence. I like straight up former soldiers who can adopt to any situation in a split second and are not hot heads but are cool in any and all situations and if need be to fight and shoot. So I say lock and load and play it slow and get ready to go.

JUSTIN THOMPSON @ 8/14/2011 4:57 PM

Detroit really does not need much in the way of activism and it is now 2011 and the city is mostly black and poor and the civil rights movement is 45 plus years ago and the discrimination is mostly just against whites and what the city needs is not a repeat of the Coleman Young years but law enforcement, development, and a friendly business enviornment that works to create jobs and not want to just get everything they can because they think they are owed something.

If some people did not pay taxes thru work, investing, property etc. the welfare checks would not go out.

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