News Conference On The Eve of Jones Trial in 2018
DRACO, Event, Events, Oversight, Police Brutality, Police Commission, Police Community Relations

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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motor city make-over 2017
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

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

Tracy Peters ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Tracy Peters

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

I understand fully that Detroit’s City Charter expresses the will of the People. The most qualified candidates are those experienced at overcoming barriers to resident engagement in the charter revision process including lack of computer and/or neighborhood library access, limited transportation options and language barriers. Twenty years as a public school teacher and six as an attorney practiced at citizen engagement support my strength in this area.

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

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?

Probably 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 would maintain the Peoples’ expressed will that the City’s police force is in strict subordination to the Civil Power.

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

Cindy Darrah ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Write in Cindy Darrah
Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

My political engagement in Detroit since the 1970s.
Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I want Detroiters to vote any proposal down since the more people who voted in the August primary did not vote on Proposal ‘R’ thanvoted either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and the lack of adequate notice and discussion eliminated the equal chance for citizens to file for candacicy on any charter revision commission.
Page 2: Specific Provisions.
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?

Probably would

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

Definitely would

Page 3: Police Commissioner Authority
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):
Video broadcast, and archieve meetings

Page 4: Conflicts Of Interest
Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Always

Page 5: Statement of Affirmation
Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.