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Detroit City Council May Back Dewayne Jones

Council member contact information is available by linking to this page, scrolling down. and selecting the picture of a member.

The Detroit City Council is about to vote on whether or not to give Corporal Dewayne Jones Taxpayer Funds to Defend himself from a lawsuit by the Victim’s guardian. This is not an endorsement of her guardian (Mary Rowan), but we at DRACO think the City is already giving way to much to  this violent criminal.

The language to be voted on is a bit esoteric: “7. Status of Law Department submitting reso. autho. Legal Representation and Indemnification in lawsuit of Mary Rowan v City of Detroit, et al.; Civil Action Case No.: 18-014931 YES for Corporal Dewayne Jones. (BROUGHT BACK AS DIRECTED ON 11-20-19)”

Here are links to related documents:

https://detroitmi.gov/sites/detroitmi.localhost/files/events/2020-01/cal%2001-08-20%20IOS.doc

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/26641651/Smith_v_Jones_et_al

https://detroitmi.gov/sites/detroitmi.localhost/files/events/2020-01/cal%2001-14-20%20Closed%20Sessions.docx

https://dockets.justia.com/docket/michigan/miedce/2:2019cv10103/335475

DRACO, News Release, Police Brutality, Police Commission, Police Community Relations, Uncategorized

Community Activists Condemn Pending Promotion, Promise Consequences

NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact information for all quoted individuals is readily available from…

Scotty Boman, D.R.A.C.O. Founder
Phone: (313) 247-2052
scottyboman@hotmail.com

Draco.Life

January. 14th , 2020

 

Community Activists Condemn Pending Promotion, Promise Consequences

Detroit, MI – A coalition of community organizers are outraged by Detroit Police Chief James Craig’s recommendation that Corporal Dewayne Jones be promoted to Sergeant, and are prepared to recall any police commissioner who votes to approve the promotion.  Dewayne Jones was convicted of assault on March 19th 2019 in the August 2018 beating hospital patient Sheldy Smith.

 

Plans for the promotion were made public at the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners meeting last Thursday at the ACC Youth Center. 62 W Seven Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48203.  Chairperson Lisa Carter read an excerpt of the Chief’s recommendation, to promote Jones to the rank of Sergeant, to attendees as part of her officer’s report. Craig issued the recommendation on January 8th and cited DPOA Grievance number 18-044 as a factor.

 

Boman, founder of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO) said “I am deeply disturbed by this development and it’s time to put the commissioners on notice.  We already have people prepared to initiate the recall process in five of Detroit’s seven districts, and I am confident that we will be ready to recall the other two shortly.  Any of the seven district commissioners who votes to promote this person will face a recall.” The five activist are Marilyn Jordan of Detroit People’s Task Force (District #1), Scotty Boman (District #4), Valerie Glenn (District #5), former DPS Board member Elena Herrada (District #6), and Michigan National Action Network board member Lory Parks (District #7).

 

Marilyn Jordan said, “The suggestion of a promotion for Mr. Jones from our Police Chief sends mixed messages. When we-the-people are faced with lies, corruption, wrongful convictions and falsified evidence – the trust within the community is broken, and will not be restored until the leadership produces integrity!”

 

Valerie Glenn – Simons said, “As a lifelong resident of the City of Detroit, the widow of a Detroit Police Official, Detroit Police Commissioner monitor and “woman” – I am aggrieved and angry to learn that Corporal Jones has been recommended to be promoted, without being properly reprimanded or fired, because of conducting police malfeasance. Furthermore I am angry and in a state of disbelief that Corporal has been recommended or promoted. How dare you Chief Craig! This should be cause for firing.”

 

Lory Parks said, “When the Board of Police Commissioners do vote on Officer D. Jones for Sergeant, the vote should be a ‘No!!!’”

 

Eric Blount said, “The Promotion is a shocking increase in the special treatment Mr. Jones has received at almost every turn.  From the judge removing the felony charges – to being lead out the courtroom though the same judge’s chamber – to the silence and secrecy of his employment status whenever questioned – to the Chief’s delay discipline until appeal process is complete (I’ve never heard of this delay reasoning) – to the second video from a police officer surfacing a year later and Chief’s strange comments at the private viewing.”

 

Minister Fuqua-Bey of Moorish Science Temple #25 said, “”Law enforcement is to serve and protect, not try to break Citizens’s necks.”

 

Property owner Linda Hegyi, who  left the city due to frustration with crime and corruption said, “This is a slap in the face to people suffering from mental illness and the innocent victims of excessive force and brutality by police officers.”

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DRACO, Event, Events, News Release, Police Brutality, Police Commission

Community Activists Sound Off On New Developments in the Police Brutality Case of Dewayne Jones

NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Scotty Boman, D.R.A.C.O. Founder
Phone: (313) 247-2052
scottyboman@hotmail.com

Draco.Life

Other contact info may be available on request.

Time: 6:00 PM on Thursday January 9th 2020
Place: ACC Youth Center. 62 W Seven Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48203

Community Activists Sound Off On New Developments in the Police Brutality Case of Dewayne Jones

Detroit, MI – Representatives of a variety of community organizations will be holding a news conference ahead of the Board of Police Commissioners meeting Thursday night.  Activists include Scotty Boman, founder of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO), Lory Parks of the Michigan National Action Network (NAN), and Marilyn Jordan of Detroit People’s Task Force.  Eric Blount will be commenting on his impressions of a body cam video that surfaced in August, which very few people have seen.

Activists will be asking the BOPC to open an investigation to find out how and why body cam video from the defendant’s partner remained secret until after the trial.  “I want to know who was supposed to gather video evidence, and how he, she or they failed to disclose it.” Said Boman.

The Wayne County Circuit Court granted Corporal Dewayne Jone’s an appeal on November 1st, so the case has been sent back to the 36th District Court.  The assigned appellate Judge was Cynthia Gray Hathaway, but Michael Hathaway filled in for her, in her absence.

Hathaway’s order called for the 36th District Court to hold a “Ginther Hearing” within 35 days. The 36th District Court has not received anything regarding this appeal and has not scheduled any new hearings.  The only future hearing scheduled by them is a May 1st probation review.

DRACO founder Scotty Boman commented, “I don’t know, because I don’t have money to buy transcripts, but I have a feeling that mysterious video that inexplicably surfaced with the DPD in late August counted as “new evidence” which is a standard ground for appeal.” Boman said he left messages for prosecuting attorney David McCreedy for clarification, but did not hear back from him.

The beating victim, Sheldy Smith, was moved to an unknown mental health facility (without notifying family members).  Reputed guardianship abuser Mary Rowen has been given control over Sheldy by the courts and has actively been denying family members access to her. Rowen also had custody at the time of the beating.

Keeping the victim hidden and silent works in the favor of Jones, and perhaps that works in favor of Rowan too.

“I see one common purpose behind all of this: The delayed discovery of the video, the delayed appeal process, the drawn out internal investigation, and the Shell game with Sheldy” said Boman, “…to guarantee a comfortable retirement for Corporal Dewayne Berran Jones.  Once he retires they will just drop everything and call the case moot. Jones won’t be held accountable.”

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Charter Commission Meeting in South-West Detroit
Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, Event, Events, Oversight, Revision

Civilian Oversight CFG Presentation to Charter Commission

Detroit, MI – Today Co-Chairs Eric Blount and Scotty Boman and  presented the current recommendations of the Civilian Oversight Citizen Focus Group (CFG) to the Detroit Charter Revision Commission.

The files they used are uploaded here as is consistent with the group’s commitment to transparency:

Power Point Presentation

Summary of Proposed Changes as of June

Wording Changes Proposed Relative to the Current Charter as of June

Proposed Language of Revised Documents as of June

 

 

DRACO, Event, facial recgnition technology

Facial Recognition Hearing Event

Speak out on facial recognition policy!

Wear masks!

Monday November 4th

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Wayne County Community College District. Eastern Campus
Reginal Training Center Room
5901 Conner St. Detroit, MI 48213

The City Council can support or block the current policy that allows the DPD to use facial recognition technology with legislative action.

This is your chance to let your voices be heard.

At a previous event Councilman Roy McCalister Jr. made it clear that he favored it, and the community showed him they didn’t concur.This is in District 4, so please urge any friends or family from D4 to show up. The more the better, but people from the District vote for their district’s councilman. So it will be in Andre’ Spivey’s interest to pay close attention to his constituents.

Also, word gets back to the at-large council members, if they hear a lot of push back on FRT coming from the district meetings, they best take notice too.

Tell it to the Mayor a the Charter Mandated Meeting

This meeting will be followed by the District 4 Mandated Community Meeting at 7:00 PM… just down the street:

Join Mayor Mike Duggan for a District 4 Chartered Mandated Community Meeting.

Jemison Temple
12530 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48215

The community meeting begins at 7 pm and adjourns promptly at 8:30 pm.

Free parking at the church.

This meeting is part of a series of community meeting as outlined in the 2012 Detroit City Charter.

For more information, please contact Keeley Walker @ (313) 224-3392

DRACO, Open Meetings Act, Oversight, Police Commission

BOPC Doubles Down on Illegal Meetings

The majority of the BOPC voted against Commissioner Burton’s motion to stop breaking the law…

Detroit, MI – The Board of Police Commissioners, as a body, has gone on record as opposing compliance with this law. On August 29th Fifth District Commissioner Willie E. Burton made a motion to comply with the Open Meetings Act by changing the venue to a location where persons would not be required to identify themselves as a condition of entry. The motion was seconded by First District Commissioner Darryl D. Brown. The motion failed with only Seventh District Commissioner William Davis joining Burton and Brown in support of compliance. The remaining commissioners present voted against compliance. They were Chair Sixth District Commissioner Lisa Carter, Co-Chair Commissioner Eva Garza Dewaelsche, Third District Commissioner Shirley A. Burch and Fourth District Commissioner Willie E. Bell. At-large Commissioners Elizabeth Brooks and Annie Holt also voted against compliance. At-large Commissioner Rev. Jim Holley, PhD and Second District Commissioner Evette Griffie were absent at the time of the aforementioned vote.

The following statement was in a News Release that went out on August 7th.

Community Activists To Hold Press Conference On Illegal BOPC Meetings

Detroit, MI – For the past few years most Board of Police Commissioner (BOPC) meetings have been at the Public Safety Headquarters at 1301 Third Street.  In order to attend those meetings, security requires community members to present identification.  Now some of those community members are crying foul.

Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO) Founder Scotty Boman and Michigan National Action Network (NAN) Vice President Lori Parks Will be making comments and answering questions before the meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners which starts at 6:00 PM on Thursday August 8th.  Both Parks and Boman have been repeatedly denied entry to BOPC meetings at the headquarters in spite of asserting their rights under the Michigan Open Meetings Act. The Charter of the City of Detroit requires the Board of Police Commissioners to comply with the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

According to the Michigan Open Meetings Act 267 of 1976. Section 15.263. Sec. 3. (4):

“A person shall not be required as a condition of attendance at a meeting of a public body to register or otherwise provide his or her name or other information or otherwise to fulfill a condition precedent to attendance.”

At their June 27th meeting ACLU Attorney Ralph Simpson informed the Commissioners of this portion of the law during public comments. He said he assumed they were unaware of the law, but from that point forward they should consider themselves notified.

“It is blatantly irrational and absurd for an organization that is charged with the civilian oversight of law enforcement, to brazenly and willfully conspire to commit crimes on a routine basis.”

At their meeting on August 1st Boman informed them that there were significant criminal penalties for their actions and that commissioners wishing to distance themselves from the violations should make motions to end the practice.  The portion cited by Boman read:

“15.272 Violation as misdemeanor; penalty.
Sec. 12. (1) A public official who intentionally violates this act is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00.
(2) A public official who is convicted of intentionally violating a provision of this act for a second time within the same term shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $2,000.00, or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.”

 

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Position Statement on Facial Recognition Technology

Police Chief Craig and Mayor Duggan have assured the people of Detroit that the Detroit Police Department won’t use facial recognition technology to track Detroiters and visitors in real time.  They have also assured us that there would be strict guidelines for the use of this technology with still images.

While this may seem comforting, we at DRACO retain serious concerns regarding any continued use of this technology by law enforcement.

Credibility is central to any policy statement or promise. The process of establishing a policy on this matter just became an agenda item for the Board of Police Commissioners a few months ago, but the Office of Contracting and Procurement has been looking into the purchase of real-time and still facial recognition systems since 2015.  Systems with this capability were already being deployed in 2017, and the Detroit Police Department apparently withheld details of the facial recognition component of Project Green Light from the BOPC and Green Light partners when it was presented to them and the public.

The significance of this is evident in that some of the strongest supporters of project Green Light are now vocally opposed to facial recognition technology.  Clearly, withholding this information served to enable the broad deployment of a system that would be compatible with the full-spectrum of facial recognition applications without informed oversight.

Policies assuring limitations on use, or the enumeration of extreme exceptions, is inadequate when the capability to do otherwise is ever-present.  Promises of compliance ring disingenuous when past transparency is so lacking.  Add to this that the oversight organization for the DPD has steadfastly exercised gross indifference for clearly stated laws like the Open Meetings Act.

Even a best case scenario, where policies are earnestly complied with, leaves open room for a complete reversal amidst a crisis or a change in leadership.  Furthermore there is the likelihood of abuse by staff member entrusted with this technology.  Such abuse by colleagues was what motivated Edward Snowden to blow the whistle on the NSA, for instance.

But even if all persons are presently serving with the utmost integrity, technology that enables invasions of privacy can easily be turned against the populace when there is a regime change or shift in power.  Just turn to the headlines to see how the relatively free people of Hong Kong now see themselves on the brink of being absorbed into the malevolent surveillance state that is mainland China.

But what about those still images?  The well-documented failure of this software to correctly identify people of color is just as severe with still images as with real-time systems.  This problem has earned the use of facial recognition technology the label “Techno-racism.”  Clearly there is a serious disconnect between some decision makers and members of the community who wonder why a system that chronically misidentifies African Americans is being deployed in a predominantly African American city.

Misidentification can lead to hardship for the innocent.  Chief Craig has assured us that a human being will make the final decision on identification, but there is bound to be a bias in favor of agreeing with the initial impression that could reinforce misidentification in borderline cases.  The counter argument is that these are fixable problems, but the simple fact is that the problem is not fixed, and the DPD should suspend use of facial recognition technology on still images at least until this problem is resolved to the satisfaction of experts and the majority of voters in Detroit.

Therefore, it is the position of DRACO that there be a moratorium on the deployment of facial-recognition-ready hardware and the installment of facial recognition software from DPD computers. Its use should be discontinued for the foreseeable future.

This information was read at a forum at Red Door Digital in Detroit which DRACO supported:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/those-opposed-to-facial-recognition-technology-bring-fight-to-state-government

https://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-police-commissioners-to-give-more-details-on-use-of-facial-recognition-technology

https://wdet.org/posts/2019/09/06/88588-activists-call-for-ballot-initiative-on-police-use-of-facial-recognition-tech/#.XXSEYn4F0wI.twitter