DRACO, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission

Statement from D.R.A.C.O. After the Trial of Dewayne B. Jones

On the afternoon of September 13th Defense Council Margaret S. Raben and Prosecuting attorney Joshua C. Holman delivered closing arguments, and the fate Sargent Dewayne Jones was placed in the hands of the Jury.

Jones is charged with the misdemeanor assault of patient and mother Sheldy R. Smith on August 1st 2022 at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Scotty Boman is the founder of Detroit Residents Advancing Civilian Oversight (DRACO). This is his statement on behalf of that group:

In the first days of the trial the court performed its due diligence in impaneling an impartial jury. The court limited arguments to avoid the introduction of opinions from civilians as to whether Jones’s use of force was reasonable. The defense made compelling arguments that Jones may have needed to use force during the encounter, however she failed to show that it was necessary, or legally reasonable, for Jones to punch Smith during critical moments. On Monday she even asked for a directed verdict.

The prosecuting attorney emphasized that, under law, force must be permissible at the time that the action occurred or the defendant’s behavior would be a battery. So the moments that mattered were the same moments captured by cell-phone videographer Ciara Morgen, who was in the waiting room when the beating started. Under law the force must be necessary for defensive purposes or for an officer to carry out his lawful duty.

At the time the Jones began punching Smith, she was being lifted up by another officer, the other officer had her restrained while Jones delivered a dozen punches. He continued punching her after hospital staff indicated they had her, including blows to the back of her head and back while she was turned away from him. While her words were offensive and disturbing, Ms. Smith never hit any of the people involved. She struggled to break free, but not to attack. Clearly, as the defense indicated, there was no credible claim to self-defense. During those moments, it was not necessary to strike her as she was being restrained. One officer even tried to pull Jones back from Sheldy.

Clearly, the people proved their case. Jones is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Felony misconduct charges should also be reinstated. But this case is bigger than one man or one woman. There is clearly a need for systemic change. The Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC), in consultation with the Detroit Police Department (DPD), needs to revise use of force policies to unambiguously limit “hard hand” or “closed hand” (BKA Punching) to circumstances where it is the most effective method and is necessary. The new contract between the DPD and the Detroit Police Officers Association must include language that recognizes the authority of the BOPC as described in the Detroit City Charter.”

Permission granted to reproduce, in whole or part, with attribution. Redaction of names (while retaining title) is recognized as reasonable editorial license and the statement may still be quoted.

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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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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.

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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