After criticizing and defying the Detroit Black Lives Matter group’s antics, BLM predictably called for the Detroit Police Chief James Craig to resign.
Craig also criticized the protesters as manipulative for claiming police brutality while ignoring the actions of their comrades, who he says have thrown objects at police and damaged police vehicles during previous clashes.
He called Detroit Will Breathe leaders “masterful with the message.”
“But one thing about a message: no matter how masterful you might be, when you’re untruthful, it just doesn’t go very far,” Craig said, adding, “Detroiters are fed up.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan backed up his police chief, “Chief Craig has the kind of approval rating politicians only wish for. I think he’s doing an outstanding job. And we haven’t seen any looting and fires unlike pretty much every major city in America.”
Chief Craig responded to calls for him to resign, “I’m excited that they want me to resign because it further illustrates the disconnect that they have with the people in the City of Detroit. I love Detroiters and I love Detroit Police Officers and our community and police officers do not feel the way they do.”
The chief says Detroiters do not support Detroit Will Breathe, which has issued demands including the defunding of police and, more recently, the removal of more than three dozen federal agents who recently arrived in Detroit to help police fight the rash of gun violence plaguing Detroit.
“I’ve had a chance over the last several weeks to see many Detroiters,’ Craig said. “They are sick and tired of the disruption in their neighborhoods — our neighborhoods.
“Defunding the police is not something they want here in Detroit,” he added. “In fact, what I’m constantly told, ‘Chief you need to hire more police officers. And we want you to have the equipment necessary to effectively do your job.’ Removing federal agents is not what they want.”
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