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Allow us a moment here and it wouldn't be pretty. Mayor Dave Bing Sir, what the heck is going on with your City?
From Fox 2 News - Detroit - Article - "Detroit college student, 18, fatally shot in front of his younger brother"
"18-year-old True Whitsey was killed right in front of his baby brother. The brothers were leaving their sister's house with a friend when they were approached by two men in a red Focus. They were robbed and True was shot in the back and on his side. He died at the hospital. "Why my baby? He was just a college kid home visiting from school," said mother Tamika Brown. "He wasn't [a] bad kid." His mother boasts of her son's 4.0 GPA all through high school. He had a full, four year scholarship to Ferris State where he planned to study corporate law -- a bright, young mind with the world at his feet."
"He (Mr. Mayor Dave Bing) and interim Police Chief Chester Logan sat at the table like a pair of grumpy old men, scowling and chewing on their lips. They could offer no explanation for the spiraling murder rate. No plan to combat it. Nor could they accept the bulk of the blame. All Bing could do was offer this ladle of Jell-O pudding: "I just don't believe our police department should have the total responsibility for safety in the city." If not the police, then who has the responsibility? Detroit, with a population estimated at less than 700,000, clocked in with 408 homicides in 2012. New York by contrast has a population of 8.2 million. Gotham recorded 414 homicides in 2012, which included 14 homicides from previous years. Do the math. Relatively tiny Detroit witnessed more murder than any other city in American except Chicago. On Friday, I learned a Navy petty officer home on leave was shot and killed in the city, and a Marine who served in Iraq is near death after being shot Dec. 29 on the city's west side. To think you can survive the theaters of war, only to be cut down in the killing fields of Detroit."
"According to a document obtained by the Detroit Free Press, the department plans to eliminate numerous desk jobs and transfer police working in office positions to street patrols during night-time hours. Between 4 p.m and 8 a.m., the public must make reports through a call center, under a new system of "virtual police precincts," the Detroit News reports. "I think it's going to work," Detroit Police Commander Steve Dolunt told the Free Press. "I think it'll get the officers more involved [with citizens]."
"Dillon said that, even if the City Council over the next few weeks approves the reforms he says are crucial to Detroit’s recovery, he will recommend that Gov. Rick Snyder release only $30 million from a $137-million bond sale. The state will keep the remainder in case of the likely scenario it would need the cash to keep the city operating under an emergency financial manager. Dillon said unexpected declines in city revenues presented for two months by Mayor Dave Bing’s administration have reduced any cash cushion Detroit might have had to persevere through a daunting restructuring that’s making too little progress. “Right now we have an escrow of about $86 million, and as I’ve said before I don’t want that to go below $50 million, because if we do face a crisis, it’s important that the state have some reserve so that we can maintain essential services, police and fire,” Dillon said."
"City Council’s narrow approval of the Miller-Canfield contract Dec. 11 and other items in Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s “Milestone Agreement” with the state, along with the Hantz Woodlands land sale, has only accelerated the war on the nation’s poorest major city. The Council’s “Fatal Five,” many of whom met with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff Dennis Muchmore prior to the meeting, acted after State Treasurer Andy Dillon threatened to appoint an emergency financial manager under the now defunct Public Act 72. A week later, on Dec. 18, Snyder empaneled a six-member review team to begin the EFM process anyway, and is now threatening as an alternative to impose a “stricter” consent agreement under a new “emergency manager” act voted in during the state legislature’s lame duck session. “My administration has worked, and will continue to work in collaboration, with Mayor (Dave) Bing and city officials to ensure a revitalized and successful Detroit,” Snyder said in a statement. “However, given the financial crisis that continues to grip the City of Detroit, we must move quickly to ensure city residents have continued access to essential services they expect and deserve.”