QuanTez Pressley (with darker skin, black hair, face mask, grey suit) speaking to someone off-screen. Cedric Banks (with darker skin, bald head, glasses, face mask, brown suit) looks at Pressley.
At-Large Commissioner QuanTez Pressley asks why some types of use of force have become more prevalent.

Detroit Board of Police Commissioners meeting, Feb. 2, 2022 

Many types of use-of-force incidents increased last year, according to the Detroit Police Department (DPD). Despite an overall 10% decrease, the most severe uses of force under Category 1 and other uses of force under Categories 3 and 4 increased up to 33%. These categories cover uses of force that cause death, injuries including broken bones and canine bites, and forcible handcuffing. 

“I thank God every day that this did not turn out like the senseless killing of Tyre Nichols.”
— Family member of young man who filed a citizen complaint against 7th Precinct police officers, recalling the recent police killing of a Memphis resident.

Category 2 uses of force decreased, which include the use of batons, chemical sprays and physical controls such as joint locks. Instances of officers aiming a firearm at a target (such as a person) without firing also decreased. Arrests also increased last year. 

A young man and his family are unhappy with how his formal complaint against 7th Precinct police officers is being handled. They first brought this up during a board meeting on Jan. 19

The young man said commissioners “have been doing a poor job” of communicating with him about the complaint. According to a family member, the board’s Office of the Chief Investigator (OCI), which investigates citizen complaints, said it “didn’t have the case.” The young man, his family members and community advocates all advocated for the police department to remove the involved officers from duty. 

The 7th Precinct is within District 5, represented by Commissioner Willie Burton. Burton asked other commissioners to hear out the family’s comments. A police captain said the investigation for the young man’s complaint may have been transferred from OCI to the police department’s Internal Affairs.

A board staffmember acknowledged there was a miscommunication with the young man’s family. 

DPD’s budget request for fiscal year 2024 is $86.9 million, a $6.9 million increase from 2023. The top three capital expenditures for 2024 are $8.6 million for Taser 7 stun guns, $6 million to renovate the Metro Division building on Sherwood Street and $4 million to renovate the 2nd Precinct building. 

Some commissioners said the board should hire an accountant or financial expert who could better interpret the police department’s budget requests. 

The board’s Personnel & Training Committee is “on track” for the hiring of a chief investigator and board secretary, according to Commissioner Jesus Hernandez, who chairs the committee. He said there were 21 applicants for chief investigator and 16 for board secretary. 

The board is scheduled to interview the top two candidates for each position on Feb. 10. Hernandez says the new hires would be onboarded as early as Feb. 27. 

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The meeting was live-blogged on Mastodon and Twitter for Detroit Documenters, which offers its own report.

Documents available on Documenters.org, including the meeting agenda and more documentation by Damien Benson.

The agency’s last meeting on Jan. 26 was documented by Alex Klaus and Bridget Scallen. The next meeting on Feb. 9 was documented by Meshelle Merritt and Roshaun Harris.

Visit the agency’s website for official information.


Archived pages

Mastodon posts and meeting page are archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.


The actual start of the meeting (3:06 p.m.) can be heard 36 minutes into the recording. 


Screenshots of online meeting. Due to limited resources, image descriptions are provided on request — contact me.


Page published Feb. 3, 2023.

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