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Court Removes Federal Oversight of Detroit PD

August 26, 2014  | 

Photo: Detroit PD
Photo: Detroit PD

The Detroit Police Department will no longer answer to a U.S. Department of Justice overseer. One has been in place since 2003 after an investigation revealed numerous complaints of improper use of force by officers and improper treatment of witnesses.

In 2000, then-Mayor Dennis Archer requested the probe after police were involved in 47 fatal shootings between 1995 and 2000, including six of unarmed suspects. Between 1994 and 2000, 19 witnesses died while being detained by the Detroit Police Department.

In contrast, the department reports 17 fatal shootings in the last five years, and only one death of a detainee, MLive reports.

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade says the first of two major areas of concern, including conditions of confinement, which in the past were "deplorable," and unconstitutional arrests of witnesses, which is now handled by the state Department of Corrections, have been resolved.

The third category, use of force, although not completely eliminated, has been "dramatically resolved," said McQuade. 

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kevCopAz @ 8/26/2014 3:15 PM

F the Federal Court oversight BS and F the Federal anti cop attorneys office there. The Federal courts and the Feds ( USA off) are anti local PD,always have been and always will since both are such political knee jerk arm chair quarterback organizations that sit back in safety provided by COPS and pass judgement ov er cops doing a job that they are both afraid to do and incapable of doing. F them all.

TheRookie @ 8/26/2014 9:59 PM

Agree with kevCopAz. Detroit Chief James Craig is a real Cops Cop. He took heat when asking for legit citizens to arm themselves to help D.P.D. It worked though.
I'm stunned that U.S. AG Erik`von With-Holder @ Dept. of No-Justice released the overseer. He loves that word as it makes him feel like a master of all L.E.O's. And he wonders why agencies in the U.S. don't want him speaking at their events. OKC recently asked him not to speak and/or stop at their Academy Graduation Event(s). Plain & Simply put, AG Holder HATES L.E.

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