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Office of Inspector General Finds BOPC in Violation of Detroit Charter

NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Scotty Boman, Founder
Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight
Phone: (313) 247-2052 [Voice Only]
Texting Phone: (313) 338-9769 [Text Only]
ScottyEducation@yahoo.com
Draco.Life

May 23rd, 2022

Office of Inspector General Finds BOPC in Violation of Detroit Charter

Detroit, MI – On Friday May 20th 2022 Detroit Inspector General Ellen Ha Replied to a complaint (attached) submitted by Scotty Boman, founder of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO). The attached response letter expresses agreement that the Board of Police Commissioners violated the charter in hiring the interim Secretary and Chief Investigators to serve for 2 additional years.

In the response, the Inspector general states:

Thank you for submitting your complaint to the Detroit Office of Inspector General (OIG). You alleged that the Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) abused their authority by voting certain individuals in long-term interim positions in violation of the City of Detroit Charter. More specifically, you state that on January 13, 2022, the BOPC voted to appoint Melanie White as Interim Board Secretary and Lawrence Akbar as Interim Chief Investigator for a two-year term. However, both employees previously worked for the BOPC within the last 3 years which would make them ineligible for these positions based on the Charter.
The OIG investigation found that BOPC was made fully aware of the Charter violation and has been provided an opportunity to correct the violation by properly filling these positions in accordance with the Charter. Therefore, the OIG is closing our investigation at this time with no further action.

Boman commented, It is inexcusable for the Board of Police Commissioners to ignore their formative document. Without the Charter they aren’t police commissioners, and they have no oversight authority.” He went on to comment, “How can an organization claim the moral authority to hold law enforcement officers accountable, when they brazenly ignore the laws that apply to them?”

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Accountability for Dewayne Jones & Justice for Sheldy!

NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Scotty Boman, D.R.A.C.O. Founder (Event organizer)
Phone: (313) 247-2052 [Voice Only] Texting Phone: (313) 338-9769 [Text Only]
ScottyEducation@yahoo.comDraco.Life

Ashley Smith, victim’s sister
Phone:  (254) 290-7303
justice4sheldy@gmail.com

Lory Parks, National Action Network
Phone: (313) 492-6774

January 12th, 2021

Community Members: “Accountability for Dewayne Jones” & “Justice for Sheldy!”

When: 10:45 AM to 12:10 PM EDT. Wednesday January 12th.
Where: 36th District Court building 421 Madison Street. Detroit, MI 48226.
Why now? Dewayne Jones has a pretrial hearing at 11:00 AM

Detroit, MI – Members of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO), and others, will be holding a News conference, promptly at 10:45 AM this Wednesday, to express their displeasure with the injustice surrounding the August 2018 beating of hospital patient Sheldy Smith by then-Corporal Dewayne B. Jones. Community members will continue to picket outside the courthouse until after Noon.

Jones was convicted of assault and battery in connection with the beating, but received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant by the Detroit Police Department. His penalty for the assault was probation, but he could still be tried for a felony misconduct charge because it was dismissed without prejudice on January 15th 2019. Activists are calling on the Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to reintroduce those charges given the large amount of video evidence that surfaced, and the fact that Jones still had a badge and a gun while on probation.

On April 21st 2021 Jones was granted a new trial. On Wednesday January 12th Dewayne Jones will have a pre-trial hearing in the courtroom of Judge E. Lynise Bryant at 11:00 AM.  His new trial will be on February 22nd.

“Dewayne Jones was able to get a promotion in spite of being a convicted violent criminal. In spite of the conviction he wasn’t held accountable.  Now he is trying to be exonerated while his victim (Sheldy Smith) remains captive and isolated from her family.  This isn’t justice,” Said Boman. “The DPD contract is up for renewal.  It is essential that the Board of Police Commissioners make it a matter of policy that the DPD insists on a clause, in the new contract, barring usurpation of the BOPC’s authority to be the final word on promotions.”

The actual hearing may be virtual, but concerned community members will still meet and protest outside the 36th District Court building. Organizers feel it can be the symbolic location of the hearing, which is scheduled to be held in the “Court room” of Honorable E. Lynise Bryant on Wednesday, January 12th, 2021 at 11:00 AM. This is a “Pre-trial Hearing” for Case No. 1806106901. Dewayne Berran Jones. Assault and battery case. Anyone can look up the court schedule here: https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/online-services/case-inquiry-schedule

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Police Commissioner Candidate Forum

Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO) invites you to attend a virtual candidate forum. Moderated by Former Police Commissioner Rev. Jerome L. Warfield, Sr.
https://www.jlwarfieldministries.com/about-pastor-j-l-warfield-sr.html

It will be conducted using Zoom from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday October 6th 2021.

Meeting ID: 875 3902 6473
Passcode: 4
(312) 626-6799

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87539026473?pwd=WEtHK0llaWZmTWtmTnhPUlVqRmlGUT09

Candidates will have two minutes to introduce themselves along with a one minute closing statement.Audience members and the moderator will ask questions during the forum. Each candidate will have two minutes to respond to each question.The moderator will rotate the order in which candidates will respond. The event will be recorded for later reposing on public platforms.

Invite friends!

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Fact Checking Baseless Claims About Detroit’s Proposal P (Charter Revision)

An organization called “Detroiters to Protect Our Future” has been applying the “Big lie” tactic of public persuasion to scare voters into voting against Proposal P. The idea is that if enough people publicize a baseless claim often enough, it will be perceived as true.

One of the baseless claims appears in an 8.5″x11″ color glossy pamphlet. It reads “Now a Charter Commission has proposed radical changes that would Demand $2 billion in new spending – but no way to pay for it. * 47 New Elected Politicians…” This falsehood is being repeated by the Detroit Free Press editorial board which has brazenly repeated these easily refuted falsehoods: https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/editorials/2021/07/02/reject-detroit-charter-revisions-editorial/7802492002/

First of all there is nothing in the document calling for $2 billion in new spending. Furthermore the only specific claim given to support this number is the claim that the revision calls for “47 New Politicians.” The actual increase in elected offices is 12.

Clearly this group thinks Detroiters are stupid. They think we won’t read the document or do basic arithmetic. I will present the numbers here, but if you don’t believe me, good! I welcome all of you to be fact checkers. Just read through the document here: https://sites.google.com/view/detroitcharter2018/
The current charter (not the revision) allows for the following elected municipal officers: 1 Mayor, 1 Clerk, 9 City Council members, 7 Police Commissioners and up to 35 Community Advisory Council members. 1+1+9+7+35 = 53.

The Proposed Charter revision would call for 1 Mayor, 1 Clerk, 9 City Council members, 7 Police Commissioners, up to 35 Community Advisory Council members, 9 Fire Commissioners and 3 election Commissioners. 1+1+9+7+35+9+3 = 65.
So 65-53=12.
Yup that’s 12, not 47!

Honest mistake? Well I have trouble believing a group of people, who appear to have access to limitless advertising funds, can’t do basic arithmetic. They probably don’t care. This is a campaign based on fear and repetition of the big lie, not facts.

It is worth noting that the best known personality featured on the flyers is Horace Sheffield. He previously attempted to use voter suppression to defeat the proposal. He was one of two people who filed a lawsuit to deny us the right to vote on it at all. This is a sad blemish on the legacy of a man who has been such an asset to the community in the past, but he is just the front man. Who are the people behind the curtain?

Full Disclosure. I am biased. I helped write provisions pertaining to civilian oversight, but I’m not asking anyone to accept what I write on faith; I want to be fact-checked. If someone tells you something about the Charter Revision that sounds important, ask that person for specifics. Ask “Where does it say that?”

I fully respect people who disagree with me and wish to vote “No on P,” but their arguments against it should be based on what it actually says, not baseless or blatantly false claims backed by nothing but mysterious money.

Note: None of these 12 new officers would get regular salaries and the fire commissioners only receive a stipend for attending meetings, so their budgetary impact would be negligible. Also there are already 7 appointed fire commissioners, so converting appointed positions to elected ones makes no fiscal difference. In which case the financial impact is nothing more than small stipends for 5 more positions.

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Community Members: “Accountability for Dewayne Jones” & “Justice for Sheldy!”

When: 11:00 AM to Noon EDT. Monday April 12th.
Where: 36th District Court building 421 Madison Street. Detroit, MI 48226.

Detroit, MI – Members of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO), and others, will be holding a News conference, promptly at 11:00 AM this Monday, to express their displeasure with the injustice surrounding the August 2018 beating of hospital patient Sheldy Smith by then-Corporal Dewayne B. Jones. Community members will continue to picket outside the courthouse until Noon.

Jones was convicted of assault and battery in connection with the beating, but received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant by the Detroit Police Department. His penalty for the assault was probation, but he could still be tried for a felony misconduct charge because it was dismissed without prejudice on January 15th 2019. Activists are calling on the Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to reintroduce those charges given the large amount of video evidence that surfaced, and the fact that Jones still had a badge and a gun while on probation.

On March 23rd Dewayne Berran Jones had a motion hearing to be discharged from probation. District 4 CAC Chairperson Scotty Boman (who founded DRACO) is concerned that Dewayne Jones may be trying to get the conviction reversed.

“He should be in prison, but was promoted instead. Meanwhile his victim, Sheldy, is being held captive indefinitely, without having a chance to fight for her freedom.” Said Boman. “It is up to us to be Sheldy’s voice and call out a system that promotes violent criminals, and imprisons their victims.”

The actual hearing may be virtual, but concerned community members will still meet and protest outside the 36th District Court building. Organizers feel it can be the symbolic location of the hearing, which is scheduled to be held in the “Court room” of Honorable E. Lynise Bryant on Monday, April 12th, 2021 at 11:30 AM. This is a “Motions Hearing” for Case No. 1806106901. Dewayne Berran Jones. Assault and battery case. Anyone can look up the court schedule here: https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/online-services/case-inquiry-schedule