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Detroit City Council May Back Dewayne Jones

Council member contact information is available by linking to this page, scrolling down. and selecting the picture of a member.

The Detroit City Council is about to vote on whether or not to give Corporal Dewayne Jones Taxpayer Funds to Defend himself from a lawsuit by the Victim’s guardian. This is not an endorsement of her guardian (Mary Rowan), but we at DRACO think the City is already giving way to much to  this violent criminal.

The language to be voted on is a bit esoteric: “7. Status of Law Department submitting reso. autho. Legal Representation and Indemnification in lawsuit of Mary Rowan v City of Detroit, et al.; Civil Action Case No.: 18-014931 YES for Corporal Dewayne Jones. (BROUGHT BACK AS DIRECTED ON 11-20-19)”

Here are links to related documents:

https://detroitmi.gov/sites/detroitmi.localhost/files/events/2020-01/cal%2001-08-20%20IOS.doc

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/26641651/Smith_v_Jones_et_al

https://detroitmi.gov/sites/detroitmi.localhost/files/events/2020-01/cal%2001-14-20%20Closed%20Sessions.docx

https://dockets.justia.com/docket/michigan/miedce/2:2019cv10103/335475

DRACO, Event, Events, News Release, Police Brutality, Police Commission

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
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.