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Today Willie E. Burton, Rev. Charles Williams, and Scotty Boman held a Press Conference with WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit (Jason Colthorp) and FOX 2 Detroit (Amy Lang).
Here is what the aired during the Dinner hour:
Reporters showed up in response to this news release…
PRESS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Scotty Boman, D.R.A.C.O. Founder
Police Commissioner Willie E. Burton
Rev. Charles Williams II
President of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network
December 18th, 2018
Three Prominent Detroiters Speak Out On Police Beating And The City’s Response
Detroit, MI – Three prominent Detroiters aren’t pleased with how an unarmed woman was treated by a police officer at Detroit Receiving hospital, and have announced a press conference to talk about it.
Detroit Police Commissioner Willie E. Burton, National Action Network (Michigan Chapter) President Reverend Charles Williams II, and Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (D.R.A.C.O.) founder Scotty Boman will gather across from the Detroit Receiving Hospital emergency entrance at 11:00 AM on Tuesday December 18th. The hospital is located in the Detroit Medical Center at 4201 St. Antoine Boulevard. Detroit, MI 48201.
In August a cell phone video surfaced that captured Detroit Police Corporal Dwayne Jones repeatedly punching a naked, unarmed woman as other officers restrained her. Shortly after this Police Chief Craig suspended Jones with pay. On December 3rd the Wayne County prosecutor’s office arraigned Jones on felony misconduct and misdemeanor assault and battery charges. He will be back in court this Wednesday.
On Thursday, December 6th The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners voted 5 to 2 to return Jones to duty against the advice of Chief Craig who recommended suspension without pay. Commissioner Burton, who will be at the press conference, was alone in asking for more time so that the board could make a fully informed decision.
“We need to invest heavily in training officers when they come in contact with the mentally ill. The police also need to look at what Minneapolis is doing, deploying case workers out on those mental health runs. Minneapolis has the best model. The program worked there it can also work here. ”
“Wrong is wrong, this officers actions were wrong. We must stand for justice.” Proclaimed Reverend Charles Williams II, President of the National Action Network’s Michigan Chapter.
DRACO founder Scotty Boman remarked, “The job of the Board of Police Commissioners is oversight. If a blue wall stands between them and what is right, it is their job to scale that wall. Instead, five commissioners chose to be bricks in that wall.
Corporal Dwayne Jones is shown here beating a naked unarmed woman:
Here are some things other DPD officers said at a Board of Police Commissioners meeting. Most of them were from the Third Precinct.
I think it was a necessary part of Corporal Jones’s duty that day… I believe that any officer that would be in Corporal Jones shoes would probably act the same way that he did that day.
-Officer Hall –
That’s what I would have done in the same circumstance…If there were a poster child for Detroit Police, I would choose Corporal Jones.
– Officer Sutkey –
Pretty much all of us here, and back there, would have done the same thing. That’s what we are trained to do. OK? Hard hands are what we have to do when dealing with mental people… It’s what everyone else here would have done, and it is what I would have done.
– Lt. Lorie Peirce ( a previous direct supervisor to Jones) –
Corporal Jones, definitely, is the poster child of a Detroit Police officer… I would have done the exact same thing. There’s nothing more that we could do… Corporal Jones did everything that we were trained to do. Everything I would have done.
– Officer Ronald Latch –
Like everyone said, he is a poster child for DPD. He completes DPD… He was trained to do what he did.
– Sergeant Jason Kleintorch (Another former supervisor of Jones) –
All quotes are from here:
Commissioners voted 5 to 2 to reject Chief Craig’s recommendation that they be suspended without pay.
Meet the people who will re-write Detroit’s government
Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight Presents a Candidate Forum. The Charter Revision is the equivalent of a Constitutional Convention for Detroit, yet most of us know very little about the candidates. This is a chance to learn about them. The emphasis will be on how they envision the future of the Police Commission (If there is to be one), but questions can be submitted by the audience on any topic related to revising the Charter.
The event will be on Sunday October 14th. It will begin at 6:30 PM and end by 9:00 PM.
It will be in the gymnasium of the Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner St .Detroit, MI 48213.
WMKM 1440 AM “Stand Up Now!” host Cynthia A. Johnson will moderating.
If you are part of a community organization interested in setting up a table or desire additional information, contact Scotty Boman at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (Voice only) at (313) 247-2052.
Kinda Makini has been extremely helpful in organizing this event.
Gratitude is also in order to Kiya Krivickas for covering our refreshment costs.
RSVP is optional, but helps with preparation.
You can RSVP and submit questions in advance using out contact form:
If there are more questions than time to ask, preference will be given by questions asked by people in attendance.
Feel free to reproduce and share this poster!
A link to the file for this poster is here:
Detroit, MI – Scotty Boman, founder of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (D.R.A.C.O.). Appears to have been unsuccessful in preventing the Charter Revision (Proposal R) from passing, but he hasn’t given up on his mission to preserve the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC).
On September 30th he announced that he would be holding a candidate forum for Charter Commission Candidates, with the future of the Board of Police Commissioners being a central topic. The forum will be held on Sunday on October 14th at the Samaritan Center 5555 Conner St, Detroit, MI 48213.
DRACO also sent questionnaires to Detroit Charter Commission (DCC) candidates, with assurances that the results would be well publicized. According to Boman,
“We want the public to make informed decisions. If more people were aware of Proposal R, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, but some DCC candidates have already come out in favor of preserving or even expanding on, the elected BOPC. DRACO is an educational organization, and we want to make sure voters know which DCC candidates support civilian oversight and the right of Detroiters to elect their own Police Commissioners.”
Boman isn’t convinced that the Proposal R (the ballot question that opened the Charter for revision) passed in a fair election. He and two other Detroit residents, Gregg Newsom and Lucinda Darrah, successfully petitioned for a recount of some Detroit precincts. On September 6th they attempted to recount 65 of Detroit’s 503 precincts, but were only able to recount 61 of them. The measure had reportedly won by 184 votes, but the challenges were able lower that difference to 173. However a much larger number of votes could not be recounted. Four precincts were said to be “uncountable.” The number of ballots in those precincts was 520, much larger than the difference between “Yes” and “No” votes.
Michigan election law allows results to stand when discrepancies between log books, machine counts, or the physical number of ballots renders a precinct “uncountable.” In one case, two precincts that were stored in the same “sealed” ballot box were missing 38 of the ballots that were on record as having been placed in the box.
Furthermore a few different voters had reported that they could not find the proposal on their ballots, and one member of the community swore that election officials claimed the proposal would be on the General Election ballot. As a result Boman filed a request on September 26th that Attorney General Bill Schuette seek a court order nullifying the results of the election (as pertains to Proposal R). In the filing Boman stated,
“In spite of irregularities many times as serious as those needed to change the outcome of the election, the Wayne County board of canvassers upheld the results without organizing an investigation into the cause of the irregularities or how those irregularities could affect the outcome of the election. In so doing they have usurped the right of the people to approve or disapprove of the charter since a true and proper result cannot be determined as the number of uncountable ballots will change the outcome and result.”
If the Attorney General fails to act within 30 days, the matter will be passed on to the circuit court. Boman is seeking an attorney to take the action to that level.