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Detroit Chief: Debt Hinders Force's Effectiveness

October 28, 2013  | 

Police Chief James Craig testified Friday that poor working conditions, low morale and a depleted force justify the city’s need for bankruptcy relief to improve basic services, according to the Detroit News.

“Everything’s broken,” Craig said during the third day of Detroit’s bankruptcy eligibility trial in federal court. “Deplorable conditions. Crime is extremely high, morale low.”

Craig became Detroit’s top cop in July, just weeks before the city filed the largest municipal bankruptcy petition in U.S. history. City officials want to shed billions of dollars in legacy costs to free more money to fix streetlights, remove blight and improve police response times.

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Greg @ 10/29/2013 5:28 AM

It's not debt, it's corruption and the disastrous results of a very racist mayors for the last 30 years.

An interesting story about the new $250K salaried chief: Chief Craig caused a stir Monday when he told a group of residents that someone had tried to carjack him two weeks ago as he sat in an unmarked squad car at a stoplight on Jefferson Avenue. The chief said he drove away, prompting critics to ask why he hadn’t arrested the man.

Craig has not explained why he didn’t take action, although a department spokesman said the chief drove away from the situation because no actual crime had been committed."

Carjacking isn't a crime? Turns out the chief has never passed his accreditation to be an officer...a multiple choice test and pistol/long gun qualification. He was going to court in Ohio because they wouldn't exempt him from the requirements...he stopped when he got the Detroit gig.

So, a chief who won't arrest a carjacker...maybe the next victim of the

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