The interim Detroit police chief is done with his city being the “most dangerous city in the U.S.” — a designation it has earned for years.
Interim Police Chief James White launched “Operation Restore Order: ‘Enough is Enough’” Wednesday to “purge the community of individuals who have outstanding warrants, participate in the sale of illegal narcotics, and/or possess illegal firearms,” WWJ reported.
Wednesday’s raids netted 28 arrests:
…consisting of 20 felony arrests, including one person accused of murder and one of a violent carjacking, and 11 firearms seized, three search warrants executed, 21 vehicles impounded, more than 400 ordinance violations issued and large number of drugs seized, including cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and opioid pills.
Thursday’s operations focused on other parts of the city.
Detroit ranks as the most violent city in the country, according to iHeart Radio, and has been the top, or close to it, for years.
The stats from 2017 were sobering: Detroit experienced 2,057 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, USA Today reported. Chicago, which receives regular national media coverage for murders and other senseless crimes, had 1,099 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.
“The bottom line is, keep our city safe, keep our residents safe. We’re unapologetic about keeping our community safe,” White said. “We’re gonna do the work necessary to make sure that the community is safe.”
A 2-year-old child was killed on I-75 June 12. A family “was on their way home from basketball practice at about 9:45 p.m. when another car pulled up and started firing shots,” the Detroit Free Press reported.
Wayne Country Prosecutor Kym Worthy called it a mistaken-identity attack. The boy’s older brother was also allegedly shot by Darius Evonte Lanier, 19, and Eugene Meredith Hubbard, 21 — both of Detroit — but is expected to survive.
In May, a group of young entrepreneurs running a mowing business suffered a third break-in in five years. Quarter Quts was started “for kids to learn how to be their own boss and build self esteem,” according to WDIV. When the business was broken into a third time, community members donated to keep it going.
“I thought jeez, these hardworking kids and I felt so bad and thought this is something we can help with,” Ron Weingartz said, who donated “eight mowers, five trimmers and an abundance of other equipment.” He is helping to get the kids trained to use commercial equipment.