Detroit Police Union Says Visitors May Want to Avoid Their Dangerous City

It’s not everyday that you hear the local police of a large major city announce that their city is too dangerous for them to visit.  But that’s what the police in Detroit are saying right now.  This week, the Detroit Police Officer’s Association (DPOA) held an “Enter at Your Own Risk” rally to tell the public that they are being overworked and underpaid.  They also said that they and the citizens should be fearful for their lives, and they seem to have a pretty good argument.

“Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed,” union attorney Donato Iorio told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson. “The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.”

Hundreds of police officers have left the Detroit Police Department since the start of the summer, and the workforce has declined dramatically.

“These are the men and women who we look to protect us… and police officers can’t protect you if they’re not there. Officers are leaving simply because they can’t afford to stay in Detroit and work 12 hour shifts for what they are getting paid… These police officers are beyond demoralized, these officers are leaving hand over fist because they can no longer afford to stay on the department and protect the public,” he said.
This led Iorio to take the surprising step of telling tourists to be wary  of coming into the city.  He says that the violence in Detroit is out of control and seemed to compare the city to a third-world country in that it has become a failed state for local politicians.   The Detroit Police Department has fewer officers than ever, even though crime has gotten out of control.

“The explosion in violent crime, the incredible spike in the number of homicides and for officers trying to work 12 hours in such deplorable, dangerous and war like conditions is simple untenable,” he said.

Can the federal or state governments do anything to help this struggling city?  Some are wondering how Detroit residents are going to survive under these conditions.

“By denying police officers the appropriate manpower, there’s a manpower crisis right now, there’s 1,000 fewer police officers today than there was 10 years ago, yet the homicide rate is higher. There’s more crime now than before, so if anything you need more officers, not fewer officers,” he said.

18 Responses to Detroit Police Union Says Visitors May Want to Avoid Their Dangerous City

  1. If Eric Holder and Obama can win the iran war, go half way around the world to capture osama, they can certainly do their job to capture american criminals, and if they can’t they shouldn’t be elected. Defending the homeland is the main job of the president, justice dept, CIA and FBI. What the h**l are we paying these fools for????

    Are we paying them to give mexican drug dealers 2000 high powered weapons to pass out to every criminal in the U.S. and Mexico (Fast and Furious) . They need to clean up the mess they created!

    SICK!

  2. Michael Flannery

    Police officers should receive a pay rate which affords them at least a comfortable standard of living.
    Failure to assure this is the sure way to push them to being receptive to corruption. There are (and always have been) criminal elements with the means and inclination to offer police inducements to look the other way.
    But bean counters in city halls nationwide are encouraged to offer minimum pay for everything they can.
    The American way used to be “a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work”.
    No longer. Now it’s “a fair day’s work for as little as we can get away paying you”.
    And the more that criminals are encouraged that they can bribe law enforcement officers, the stronger the criminal influence becomes, and the more dangerous life becomes for the remaining law abiding cirizens.
    Money talks, and the less the listener (legally) earns, the more likely it is that he/she becomes enchanted by what the money is saying.

  3. I doubt seriously if the Detroit Policemen can do anything to lower the homicides rate, since most murders are by people who are relatives, or know and interact with each other. Detroit has had a high murder rate for over 30 years, this is nothing new. However, the number of policemen might give residents a better sense of security. What the residents need are more jobs that pay a livable wage, including its policemen.

    Policemen are not going to turn around the deteriorating causes of crushing poverty in Detroit, or anywhere else it exist until some fairness is started in America’s resources. Where is Detroit going to get the money to pay the policemen, the City is broke, many of their residents are jobless. They are the ones who pay taxes to keep the City going.
    Americans are watching executives who make millions of dollars in wages and bonuses and working Americans have to work two and sometimes three jobs to keep their heads above water. While witnessing the unfairness in celebrities wages who make millions on one job, the the robber barons who own the Walmarts, Microsofts, and Apples make their owners and families billionaires. But, then I’m being foolish–that’s capitalism, the best in the world–right?

    America is on the threshold of a monumental collapse that will take sometime to stabilize. America is too busy with the “culture war” thinking that is we could just return to the way it used to be in the 50s to correct what is happening. The tea partiers, Republicans, and old grain of the meal racist are too busy hating and fearing that they are losing white privileges to stop now. We are on an ugly roll. I feel in just the past four years America psyche has deteriorated to a new low.

    The worst thing America could have done was to go to war on President Obama. Barack Obama is different from most Americans. He is what the 18th century lawyer and orator Rufus Choate called, “a member of the schools of eloquence.” Obama embodies and utters a national consciousness, not merely his individual genius and character. But because he is black they rose up to mock him when he was the best thing at this particular time that could have happen to America and the world. It’s too bad he was black for some white and more blacks than we want to admit.

  4. “…. But because he is black…” I beg to differ. I’m always amazed how Black people cry racism about Mr. President. There are far more Black children in white households in the history of America post slavery. White women are giving birth to Black babies at a rate faster than Black women. In addition, Black children are being adopted from all over the World. African-Americans don’t openly express disappointment in this administration because it appears that we as a unit had no expectations of him in the first place. President Obama wants to be seen as everyone’s President but the truth of the matter is that he can give less than a d**n about the Black community as a whole. We didn’t have enough votes to bring him to the White House so his fan base isn’t racist. They are the ones who voted him in.

  5. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-852944

    Without a tax base (Revenue from businesses, property tax paying citizens, etc., etc.) slim chance exists that anyone, including police officers would choose to remain in Detroit.

    Black Detroit also has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. Believe it or not, there is a relationship between high unemployment and criminal activity.

    Detroit is also one of multiple cities (Compton, CA, Inglewood, CA, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD., etc., etc.) that for decades has had dysfunctional elected black leaders, who have no respect for the oath of office, running government, who have contributed to the demise of Detroit and other cities with a U.S. born black constituency.

    What blame does Black America have in Chicago’s rising murder rate? by Brian C. Thomas, July 17, 2012 at 7:11 am

    …….and it is not just the black youth, who face this music, because believe it or not the means to legally acquire, possess, maintain, continue to hold and expand upon the necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter, or even assets, must include, one or more of the following:

    1. Gainful employment opportunity

    2. being an heir to assets, an avenue that few inner-city black men, women, and/or his or her siblings fall in this category.

    3. Hitting one or more substantial lottery wins…….the chance being either extremely slim or nil.

    4. Competent Representation in an elected official, lawyer, journalists, organization, etc., etc., to provide sufficient protection of the inalienable rights of a U.S. descendant of slavery property owner, so that an owner can make use of Constitutional protections to keep property legally earned or acquired.

    5. U.S. born descendant of slavery Black owned lawful private business development and expansion to create jobs for U.S. born black men and women.

    Item (4) being the most important of all, because without Constitutional protections you, meaning an owner can lose everything that you have lawfully earned by the criminal, unethical, wrongful acts of a city, state, or local government official, private individual, or public or private business.
    Property in One’s Labor by Adam Smith

    “The property which every man has in his own labour, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable. The patrimony of a poor man lies in the strength and dexterity of his hands; and to hinder him from employing this strength and dexterity in what manner he thinks proper without injury to his neighbour, is a plain violation of this most sacred property. It is a manifest encroachment upon the just liberty both of the workman, and of those who might be disposed to employ him. As it hinders the one from working at what he thinks proper, so it hinders the aothersa from employing whom they think proper. To judge whether he is fit to be employed, may surely be trusted to the discretion of the employers whose interest it so much concerns. The affected anxiety of the law–giver lest they should employ an improper person, is evidently as impertinent as it is oppressive.”

    ……..lack of competent representation, lack of sufficient gainful employment opportunities, lack of the necessary resources to sustain life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, make the black community extremely vulnerable to be fodder for the system, fodder such as penal incarceration, senseless black on black genocide, government “welfare” dependency over free market or private business opportunity.

    President Barack Obama’s/Obama Administration/Congressional Black Clueless….AKA….Congressional Black Caucus……no good treasonous Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Democratic Party policies keep U.S. born blacks enslaved and in poverty…., etc., etc., a dismal environment that creates profitable ventures that keep other individuals gainfully employed, while U.S. born black men, women, and/or siblings face extinction.

  6. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-841153

    Since it is a give that President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the Congressional Black Clueless,….AKA…the Congressional Black Caucus, etc., etc., don’t serve the black underclass/inner-city residents, Robin Hood will. This is our neighborhood stimulus package.

    Believe it or not, there is a relationship between high unemployment and criminal activity. Detroit is also one of multiple cities (South Central Los Angeles, Compton, CA, Inglewood, CA, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD., New Orleans, LA, etc., etc.) that for decades has had dysfunctional elected black leaders, who have no respect for the oath of office, running government, who have contributed to the demise of Detroit and other cities with a U.S. born black constituency.”

  7. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-852367

    Since it is a given that be it a past or present day elected black leadership……President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the Congressional Black Clueless,….AKA….the Congressional Black Caucus, former Congresswoman Diane Watson, former Congressman Merv “illegal immigrant” Dymally, 2nd District LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, 10th District LA City Councilman Herb Wesson, 9th District LA City Couuncilwoman Jan Perry, 8th District LA City Councilman Bernard Parks, etc., etc., don’t serve the black underclass/inner-city residents, Robin Hood will. This is our neighborhood stimulus package.

    Believe it or not, there is a relationship between high unemployment and criminal activity. Detroit is also one of multiple cities (South Central Los Angeles, Compton, CA, Inglewood, CA, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD., New Orleans, LA, etc., etc.) that for decades has had dysfunctional elected black leaders, who have no respect for the oath of office, running government, who have contributed to the demise of Detroit and other cities with a U.S. born black constituency.”

  8. Motor city on melt down? WTF…They will impose martial-law on that town.

  9. Any one paying attention could see this coming. When I went to my birth place to visit 22 years ago, my Grandmother scolded for walking to the neighborhood strip mall and barbershop to have my two year old son’s hair cut. I told her I walked on the streets of LA and grew up in San Diego” well you not in California now”.
    I have paid close attention to Detroit since then and I am not surprised just dismayed and sad that the birth place of my Father has come to this condition. When I saw that story about that poor old woman that was virtual prisoner in her own house because the rest of the houses on her block were either drug houses or burned down and broke down, I cried for her I often wonder what happened to her.
    I have read stories of people going into Detroit buying houses, trying to create jobs etc.but as long as there are people waiting to commit criminal acts; high crime, they are not going to stay, I wouldn’t either. Is Detroit going to be the first major city to be shut down?!

  10. “Any one paying attention could see this coming. When I went to my birth place to visit 22 years ago, my Grandmother scolded for walking to the neighborhood strip mall and barbershop to have my two year old son’s hair cut. I told her I walked on the streets of LA and grew up in San Diego” well you not in California now”.
    I have paid close attention to Detroit since then and I am not surprised just dismayed and sad that the birth place of my Father has come to this condition. When I saw that story about that poor old woman that was virtual prisoner in her own house because the rest of the houses on her block were either drug houses or burned down and broke down, I cried for her I often wonder what happened to her.
    I have read stories of people going into Detroit buying houses, trying to create jobs etc.but as long as there are people waiting to commit criminal acts; high crime, they are not going to stay, I wouldn’t either. Is Detroit going to be the first major city to be shut down?!” by shehiplocki

    Detroit won’t be shut down, because the regentrification process will remove black people from Detroit, just like what is happening in New Orleans, Atlanta, etc., etc.

    Caucasians, Hispanics, Arabs, Koreans, etc., etc. who invest in Detroit or any other jurisdiction won’t be taking this risk to improve the quality of life of any U.S. born black man, woman, or child before stepping to the plate for their own.

    Basically, just as in nature, “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”…..or in the case of the Black community whose “birds of a feather fail to constructively work together” will eventually perish together through extinction.

    As applied to those in the black community who fit the description, be it the affluent, our sellout black leaders, the U.S. born middleclass or underclass who betray other U.S. born blacks, will make it easier for Illegal immigrants who come from all over the world and who will gladly pick up the slack to displace U.S. black people in private and public sector employment, just like what is happening now in Compton, CA, South Central Los Angeles, etc., etc. In Compton, CA.
    For decades the incumbent black elected officials have been selling out U.S. born black people, by being deceitful, stealing while in office, and/or through blatant incompetence, so much so, that today the Hispanic illegal immigrant population out number the U.S. born voting black electorate by leaps and bounds.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-760112

    With the assistance of President Barack Obama, whose is on a mission to provide amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants via the “Dream Act”, it won’t be long before these individuals become naturalized citizens, or if born here, become old enough to vote…..meaning there won’t be any need for the incumbent elected black leaders, because Hispanics and other ethnic groups promote each other into positions of influence, and unlike U.S. born blacks, these individuals truly make it a priority to serve their community.

    • I have no choice but to agree with you especially the reality of Blacks not investing back in to the neighborhoods they came from.
      And most definitely it is old news that We spend Our money with other groups but they don’t with Us,resulting in money leaving and not revolving back to the neighborhood.

      You said it much better than I ever could.

      But right now it’s either Obama or Romney, I don’t know how to vote this election year.
      Thank you for your insight and wisdom Michael Lofton I appreciate you.

  11. http://urbanhabitat.org/18-2/bullard

    “Twenty Point Plan to Depopulate Black Atlanta” by Robert D. Bullard

    “Any one paying attention could see this coming. When I went to my birth place to visit 22 years ago, my Grandmother scolded for walking to the neighborhood strip mall and barbershop to have my two year old son’s hair cut. I told her I walked on the streets of LA and grew up in San Diego” well you not in California now”.
    I have paid close attention to Detroit since then and I am not surprised just dismayed and sad that the birth place of my Father has come to this condition. When I saw that story about that poor old woman that was virtual prisoner in her own house because the rest of the houses on her block were either drug houses or burned down and broke down, I cried for her I often wonder what happened to her.
    I have read stories of people going into Detroit buying houses, trying to create jobs etc.but as long as there are people waiting to commit criminal acts; high crime, they are not going to stay, I wouldn’t either. Is Detroit going to be the first major city to be shut down?!” by shehiplocki

    Detroit won’t be shut down, because the regentrification process will remove black people from Detroit, just like what is happening in New Orleans, Atlanta, etc., etc.

    Caucasians, Hispanics, Arabs, Koreans, etc., etc. who invest in Detroit or any other jurisdiction won’t be taking this risk to improve the quality of life of any U.S. born black man, woman, or child before stepping to the plate for their own.

    Basically, just as in nature, “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”…..or in the case of the Black community whose “birds of a feather fail to constructively work together” will eventually perish together through extinction.

  12. There are federal grants available for additional resources to hire more police officers. But that is only a part of the solution to Detroit’s and other cities problems. There needs to be ways to solve the problem of so much crime and drugs in all cities and towns. There needs to be more effort, money, and time invested for prevention programs and ways to improve the economy and unemployment problem, stop companies from moving to foreign countries for cheaper labor, going out of business, and/or underpaying employees, decrease the amount of illegal immigrants coming into the country with their children and families that the US government has to provide for once they are here. Communities need to be about helping one another instead of being agains one another, pastors need to get their acts together and stop acting worse than their congregations. God and His love has been replaced with guns, hate, self-hate, anger, resentment, greed, hopelessness,corruption, racism, and evilness. People need to go back to Bible and realize that they are on their way of self-destruction. More police officers is just one part of the equation! The problems in the US are much bigger than hiring more cops! We are in a state of chaos because people think they have become bigger, smarter, and better than God, so He’s letting them destroy themselves! Give a stupid dog enough rope, and it will hang itself! Just saying….

  13. Let me start by saying i was born and raised in Detroit and for are young peoples its all about survival the law states that you have to be 21 to be able to carry a gun legally but you know that living Detroit you don’t have to be 21 to be a victim of robbery, carjacking, or murder. That’s why we have a lot of good kids who aren’t criminals but are being hauled off to jail and given a record for carrying a gun to protect themselves. When we look outside on the streets of Detroit after it gets pass 7 o’clock pm there are no police on the streets so who protect us on top all the craziness in the city they turn the street lights off in the worst parts of the city to save money wow

  14. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-860361

    It is so much easier to blame the young people, but an even larger and more serious problem rests with elected officials and public servants who have contempt for the Oath of Office, the U.S. Constitution, a respective State Constitution…..and all the dysfunctional citizens or voters who vote for and promote individuals unworthy and unfit to hold office, to a position of public service, or leadership.

  15. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-858150

    Not to mention all the sacreligious and deceitful individuals, who should know better, and a misguided segment of the black community who make heroes out of misfits, name a street or park after far too many disgraceful individuals from within the black community who are truly unworthy of praise.

    ….Oh well, it is so much easier to use “Minors”, young people as the scapegoat…..while very little is said or done about all the shameful adult role models, community jackleg reverends, and deceitful black leaders whose disgraceful actions send the wrong message time and time again.

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