DRACO, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission

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.

-END-


DRACO, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission

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

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Denzel Anton McCampbell ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Denzel Anton McCampbell

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I’m a 26-year-old Detroiter. I was born and raised in this city and I’ve been working to advance social justice issues since my high school days, to be quite honest. For my entire adult life, I’ve been working on issues such as voting rights, water justice, education justice, equitable development, immigration, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, making our government more accessible, and many other issues in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. I understand the need to create public policy to improve the quality of life for everyone, especially folks who have been historically marginalized. I will bring these skills to the Detroit Charter Commission to ensure that no one of being left out of the conversation.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I continue to say that we are at a crossroads in the city of Detroit. I’m running for the Charter Revision Commission to ensure that our governing documents reflect the spirit and policies in the direction of inclusivity, investment, and uplifting of the most vulnerable populations and of those who have made Detroit the great city it is. We cannot strip our charter of accountability and access for residents, instead we must make our city government more responsive to its residents. I know I have the skills to be a part of making this happen.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.
Other (please specify):
I think we also have to look at programs that increase safety for everyone that involves getting community members things that they actually need to have a good quality of life separate from incarceration and policing.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Other (please specify):
Yes, I do believe it is a conflict of interest. I would be in favor of looking at policies that ensure true independent and non-biased investigations occur.

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Byron Osbern ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Byron Osbern
Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I am a lifelong citizen of Detroit who is engaged and concerned with how our city functions. I have been active in my community and my professional life as a labor leader has allowed me to sit through negotiation sessions and come to agreements. I know how to listen, process, seek relevant information, and come to a sound decision.
Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I hope I get the opportunity to represent all walks of life in this city that are directly affected by our government and the municipal services provided. I want a chance to sit at the table with our elected offices and figure out how to help our city work better for us all.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Always

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

JoAnna Underwood ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

JoAnna Underwood

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

Political Activist with 10 years of community experience in Grassroots organizing

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

To make sure we have proper representation from the neighborhood from the poor disenfranchised communities.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Sometimes

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Taylor Harrell ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Taylor Harrell

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

As a Community Advocate with both organizing and legislative experience, I believe that I have the practical work experience necessary to be on the Charter Commission. I have a deep understanding of the charter and its importance to how our local government is run.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I am running for the Charter Commission to protect and defend the rights of all citizens in Detroit. As a Charter Commissioner, I want to increase transparency and accountability within our city government, preserve and strengthen our police commission, and ensure real civic participation in decisions affecting all of our neighborhoods.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Other (please specify):
I would definitely support keeping a board of police commissioners in the revised charter. In fact, I previously stated that I would like to strengthen it by making the board 9 instead of 7.

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Other (please specify):
I would support the election of 7 Commissioners by district and 2 at-large.

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Probably would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Always

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Laura Ann Hughes ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Laura Ann Hughes

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I moved to Detroit in 2005. Since that time I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of industries from a federally funded HIV clinic to the 6th largest women owned staffing company in the United States to a place based Foundation that concentrates on children. In all of these opportunities I have lent my strong moral compass, a commitment to Detroiters, and my ability to design processes that ensure everyone’s voices and interest are heard. Currently I serve as the board chair of Detroit Employment Solutions which, similar to Detroit, has gone through substantial changes in the last 3 years. As board chair, I have worked with labor leaders, community activist and the corporate community to align our policies, procedures, intake processes, and commitment to employ 40,000 Detroiters. These experiences have prepared me to think about the city’s most important document from many different stakeholders’ perspectives. The charter needs to protect the city’s most vulnerable citizens as well as the growing business community. Strong business tax revenue will allow us to provide services to our most vulnerable residents.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

My commitment to Detroit, strongly held community and servant leadership values, and demonstrated success in strategic investment, multi-sector collaboration, and scaling proven models make me a competitive candidate for Charter Commission. I am running for charter commission because of my deep commitment to equity in the City. There will be lots of people with opinions on what needs to be changed in the City, but we need someone who is equally committed to designing a process in which all voices are heard.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Sometimes

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.