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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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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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News Conference On The Eve of Jones Trial in 2018
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Civilian Oversight Activists Demand Consequences for Dewayne Jones

NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

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

Draco.Life

 

April 30th, 2019

Civilian Oversight Activists Demand Consequences for Dewayne Jones

Detroit, MI – Members of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO) are unhappy with how an unarmed woman (referred to in court by the pseudonym “Shelby Smith”)**, was treated by Corporal Dewayne Jones at Detroit Receiving hospital, and have announced a news conference to talk about it on the eve of his sentencing hearing. He was convicted of misdemeanor assault on March 20th. They will be joined by other activists who believe he must serve time for his violent crime.  They are also disturbed by the fact that he remains a police officer in spite of the conviction.

Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (D.R.A.C.O.) founder Scotty Boman will hold a news conference across from the Detroit 36th District Court at 2:00 PM on Tuesday April 30th.  The Court is located at 421 Madison St, Detroit, MI 48226. He will be joined by other activists who believe that Dewayne Jones used excessive force last summer, and that he must face substantial consequences for his crime.

“Last Thursday Chief Craig told me that Jones still has his job.  How is it that the DPD keeps a violent criminal in this position while firing people for non-criminal misconduct?  Members of the community don’t have much faith in the justice system and expect Jones to get off easy. Misdemeanors have low maximum sentences, but he must see the inside of a cell to ensure that he and the community know that there is no preferential treatment for police and that violence will not be tolerated.”

In August 2018 a cell phone video surfaced that captured Detroit Police Corporal Dwayne Jones repeatedly punching a naked, unarmed woman as other officers restrained her (and one tried to pull him off her). Shortly after this Police Chief Craig suspended Jones with pay. On December 3rd 2018 the Wayne County prosecutor’s office arraigned Jones on felony misconduct and misdemeanor assault and battery charges.

On January 15th Thirty Sixth District Court Judge Cylenthia Miller dismissed the felony misconduct in office charge against Detroit Police Corporal Dewayne Jones in connection with the beating. He was found guilty of assault on March 20th and the court scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 1st.

A sentencing for Jones is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday May 1st in the courtroom (Rm. 339) of Kenneth J. King.  (case #1806106901).

Activists will also be available for comment on Wednesday at 8:30 AM at the same location.

 

* Scotty Boman founded DRACO to educate the public on the roll of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners.

** Previous releases by DRACO referred to the victim by her true name, but since the court is using a different name we are assuming this is at her request and are respecting her wishes.

 

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From left: Scotty Boman, Shantell Bradley, Willie Burton, Kwajalyn Bradley & Greg Dunmore.
DRACO, Police Brutality, Police Commission

Interview With Family of Police Brutality Victim

First posted at WillieBurton.com

On Sunday January 6th. Commissioner Willie Burton and DRACO founder Scotty Boman filled in for Robert Ficano on 910 AM Superstation.  They were joined by Special guest Greg Dunmore. Dunmore is multimedia journalist and executive producer of Pulse Beat Media.

During the last half hour Shantell & Kwajalyn Bradley spoke about the treatment of their cousin Lakeisha Williams who was beaten by DPD Corporal Dwayne Jones at Detroit receiving hospital. They also expressed their feelings about the accountability of Corporal Jones.

The entire program is here:

 

From left: Scotty Boman, Shantell Bradley, Willie Burton, Kwajalyn Bradley & Greg Dunmore.
From left: Scotty Boman, Shantell Bradley, Willie Burton, Kwajalyn Bradley & Greg Dunmore.
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DRACO, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission, Police Community Relations

Scotty Boman Produces Podcast on Civilian Oversight

Please listen to this podcast.  “Public Safety, Personal Experiences.”

http://www.michiganradio.org/post/public-safety-personal-experiences

https://omny.fm/shows/morningside-48224/public-safety-personal-experiences/embed

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D.R.A.C.O. News Release Draws Attention To Injustice On The Eve. Of Hearing

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:
https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/community-leaders-angry-over-decision-to-reinstate-detroit-police-corporal-accused-of-punching-woman

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/detroit-police-officer-prepares-for-trial-for-punching-naked-woman-at-detroit-receiving-hospital

Reporters showed up in response to this news release…

 

PRESS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

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

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.

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Several Officers Applaud Beating Of Naked Unarmed Woman

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:
http://video.detroitmi.gov/CablecastPublicSite/show/6736

Commissioners voted 5 to 2 to reject Chief Craig’s recommendation that they be suspended without pay.

http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2018/12/11/detroit-cop-charged-with-beating-naked-woman-in-hospital-is-back-on-job