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Police Union Slams Detroit for Not Covering Cost of Slain Officers' Funerals

January 30, 2018  | 

Detroit's police union is asking the city to change its policy on payment of funeral expenses for officers killed in the line of duty.

It was despicable," said Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association, about the moment he says he found out that the City of Detroit does not pay for the funerals. "It was a shot to the stomach."

The issue came to the forefront this week as a GoFundMe page was established to pay for the funeral of Officer Glenn Anthony Doss. Officer Doss was mortally wounded in a shooting last Wednesday and died Sunday. The GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $40,000.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the policy on who pays for funerals of slain officers has never been an issue, and that there are organizations available to pay for the funerals along with insurance money that some families opt to use. 

7 Action News reports that police departments in cities like Chicago and Philadelphia do pay for the funerals. Chief Craig says he's worked in cities where they do and some where they don't.

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Thom Stewart @ 1/30/2018 8:08 PM

In my state it is agsinst the law to use public funds to pay for LODD Ceremonies. We have several foundations that rsise money to cover these expenses. I don’t think Detroit is out of the ordinary here, but I think a lot if people know or understand what the laws are that apply to these situations.

Lt. Big Dog @ 1/31/2018 3:14 AM

I don't want a city to pay for my funeral. I will pay for it myself.If they pay for it they think that they have the right to run the funeral. I don't want some politician or superior officer that I never liked giving a speech at my funeral. I told my wife that I would be happy to be laid out on the pool table at our local community club with shots of Jameson for my friends.

Dorothy @ 1/31/2018 4:37 AM

The 100 Club of Detroit should be assisting these families. Its purpose is to help provide for the widows and dependents of first responders who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

Trigger @ 2/3/2018 8:37 AM

My question is where has the union been in the past. It would seem to me that any union president worth his salt would have known this BEFORE an officer was killed. It's easy to sit back and mouth off after the fact. How about doing some research on local governments across the nation that does this, at least you would have some info to stand on.

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