The board spent three hours in closed session discussing the police chief’s recommendation to place five officers on administrative leave, including four from the 12th Precinct. Ultimately, commissioners approved only placing one on leave. They also postponed voting on the leave of two officers on the officers’ request.
Following the county prosecutor’s decision not to press charges against police officers who killed Porter Burks, the board and Chief of Police James White continued to point to a lack of mental health services in the city.
The Detroit Police Department (DPD) plans to centralize crisis intervention teams across the city. Chief of Police James White promised that nearly all team members will continue working in that capacity. However, commissioners were displeased the lack of communication in this process. White also emphasized that DPD’s crisis intervention is “not the solution to the mental health crisis in Detroit.”
Commissioner Linda Bernard criticized DPD’s policy of not permanently attaching citizen complaints to police officers’ personnel files, including exonerated complaints. Lt. Mark Young, president of the Detroit Police Lieutenants & Sergeants Association, passionately defended this policy.
A resident in the 11th Precinct complained of their neighborhood police officers being “ineffective” in resolving a conflict with a neighbor.
The board approved the promotion of dozens of police officers to the ranks of lieutenant, sergeant and detective.
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