Detroit’s East Side Put on Notice: Feds Are Cracking Down on Rash of Violence

Detroit Free Press, March 1, 2012

Detroit’s east side is being warned: The federal government is watching—very closely.

Responding to the latest spate of violence in the city, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced a federal crackdown Wednesday on the entire east side, saying the crime-plagued area has become the most violent section in the city and warrants federal attention. Homicides, in particular, she stressed, are “intolerably high” on the east side, where there was a 75% jump in homicides last year. The west side had a 27% drop last year.

“I made it my personal resolution in 2012 to reduce homicides in the city of Detroit,” McQuade said at a news conference, flanked by 15 uniformed federal, local and State Police officials. “We will not allow Detroit to be defined by violence and homicides.”

The city recorded 344 homicides in 2011, up from 308 in 2010. As of Sunday, Detroit has had 49 homicides this year, compared with 39 during the same period last year.

However, overall violent crime was down 8% last year, with 7,300 fewer incidents.


In recent weeks, Detroit has witnessed the shooting death of an infant, the slaying of a 12-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his mother, and a 6-year-old critically injured after being shot with an AK47 during an attempted carjacking.

That has drawn the attention of federal agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. All want to help Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr.


Under the federal government’s intervention plan, federal, state and local agents will comb the east side and focus on gun crimes.



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  • Feds cracking down? Are you serious? Detroit’s citizens are more than 80 percent black and all the city council, school boards, police and the like are black as well. It is long past the point of saving. That city is through and should be abandoned. There is nothing the Feds can do except help evacuate the Whites. The blacks there seem to be doing a great job of taking care of themselves, if you know what I mean (and I think that you do).

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      That city is through and should be abandoned.

      The city HAS been abandoned.  See image.


    • Ljot

      I do.  The self-destruction of Detroit might open some closed eyes and ears.

      • Anonymous

        It won’t.  Has a black president awoke most whites?  I still hear the “Oh we’re not racist, it’s the policies of Obama…” and not noticing that most blacks in power hate whites and want to benefit blacks only and punish whites.  The same whites will think bad black areas have to do with ‘lack of opportunity’ or ‘past injusticies’ and all that.

    • Sharnay Marie

      U next cracker

  • Alexandra1973

    My dad always said Detroit’s east side was the worst.

    Forget evacuating the whites; deport the blacks to Africa, and the whites can rebuild Detroit.

    • Anan7

      Best idea I’ve heard all day!  But why limit ourselves to Detroit?

      NYC, LA, Chicago, and many other cities (namely, my own) could all greatly benefit from this program.

      We could bill it as “Restoring Diversity” to Africa.  I’m sure the Africans would be very happy to have their distant cousins back, and many Americans would be happy to send them over.

      • Alexandra1973

        Of course, all the other major cities as well.  Just that the article was about Detroit.  😉

  • “A rash of violence in Detroit.”

    How I hate redundancies.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The city recorded 344 homicides in 2011, up from 308 in 2010. As of Sunday, Detroit has had 49 homicides this year, compared with 39 during the same period last year.

    Justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by a staggering 79 percent during 2011. The rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is currently 2200% above the national average.

    But I thought Detroit was a model black city?  Were we not told by blacks that Detroit’s problems were due to a racist White mayor, racist White schools, a racist city council and that once blacks took over Detroit would be free of White racism and a model of black pride?

    Here are a few fun facts about black-run/White-free Detroit:

    *According to the 2010 census, only 713,000 people live in Detroit today.  The U.S. Census Bureau says that Detroit lost a resident every 22 minutes during the first decade of this century. 

    *Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police for the city of Detroit.  Today, there are less than 3,000. 

    *In Detroit today, thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the street lights that half of all the lights in some neighborhoods no longer work. 

    *100 bus drivers in Detroit recently refused to drive their routes out of fear of being attacked on the streets.  The head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, said that the drivers were literally “scared for their lives.” 
    *Only 25 percent of all students in Detroit end up graduating from high school. 

    * 47 percent of all people living in the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

    Model of black pride indeed.


  • Detroit by satellite shows the inumerable scars of past savaging; riots, Devil’s nights burnings, decent folks leaving their homes in the middle of the night.  At least the many square blocks of formerly beautiful homes, long since missing, now sport a green velt and various types of wildlife- rabbits, deer and even coyotes.

    • Alexandra1973

      I know that’s true.  Go on a ghetto safari via Google Earth street view.  I went along Rosa Parks Boulevard (formerly 12th Street) and it was depressing.

      If I recall correctly, 12th and Clairmount was where the ’67 riots got started.

  • crazy_j

    “We will not allow Detroit to be defined by violence and homicides.”

    You’re about thirty years too late to do anything about it. Sounds nice, though – almost like you actually earn the tax dollars that support you.

    About four days or a week before this press conference, stories like this one made the rounds in the area – Detroit is going to go with the “Broken Windows” theory of policing.  In essence, what we’re going to get is increased police activity where trivial things like speeding, or cracked windshields, in the hopes that stopping hundreds or thousands of people per day for trivial non-offenses will lead to bigger, more serious things. The example cited in the linked-to article says that a routine traffic stop may turn up evidence of drugs or a weapon hidden in the car.

    Basically, they’re going to shake the tree and see what falls out. It might be a worthwhile effort, I suppose. But at the same time, I don’t like seeing police given authority to crack down on any one at any time for any reason. When all you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.

    I wouldn’t even care, except I have to drive through that ethnic cesspool on my way to/from work.

    • Kurt Plummer

      I see misdemeanor offense stopping as a means to raise revenue for an entirely corrupted police department.  If you can’t find the (source/transport/sellers of) guns to begin with, entitling people to randomly begin searching for them, ‘without profiling’ is going to end up being a waste of time.
      Crime -does- pay because the Government subsidizes the harrassment of the free.  As long as gun removal is the focus of crime prevention, ONLY the criminals will have them.
      This is another dog and pony show on the way to a nationwide ban.  Which is why the fight over continuing the 1994 AWB (Assault Weapons Ban) was such a minor deal compared to what it could have been.  Bigger, worse, things are coming. 

  • JackKrak

    Sorry, but nothing from Detroit shocks me anymore & frankly I don’t care. HOWEVER, we did learn a few things from this article regarding the cat-like reflexes of our leaders in Washington –

    45 years after deadly riots burn down a good chunk of the city and drive all decent white people out is when the federal government gets around to looking at what’s going on.

    Decades after a once great city slides into barbarity and shocking levels of violence and degredation once seen only in darkest Africa is when the federal government “puts on notice” that it is “watching – very closely”.

    Long after the city has defined itself as a center of violence and homicides, authorities step in to promise that they will “not allow Detroit to be defined by violence and homicides”.

    One homicide every 28 hours in 2010 was apparently no cause for intervention or concern, but one homicide every 25 hours in 2011 (“intolerably high”) was the trip wire to send the feds into action.

    “In recent weeks, Detroit has witnessed the shooting death of an infant, the slaying of a 12-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his mother, and a 6-year-old critically injured after being shot with an AK47 during an attempted carjacking.” But don’t worry, Detroit – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is on the case!!!!

    • Anonymous

      There’s also no difference between blacks and whites, right?  I mean, jeez, I know plenty of white countries and white neighborhoods where we kill children and where our young white men are killing each other left and right and where we beat up our elderly and drop out of school, etc.  If there are bad things blacks do, it’s probably the fault of slavery, Jim Crow, colonization.  (sarcasm)

  • Detroit_WASP

    I grew up on the far east side of Detroit and it was a beautiful place back then.

    Detroit DID require that Detroit cops and firefighters live in the city and that is where a lot of them lived.   It was a clean safe place, great schools and 99% white.

    THEN the federal government required the forced busing of the 1970s, and there went the neighborhood.   When the blacks were bused in, and the whites bused out to achieve the “right racial mix” our great schools turned into violent crap holes with security guards and even cops in the halls.  White families stopped buying homes in the area (because of the schools) and blacks began to move in.  

    We put up with it in elementary and middle school.  However, by high school the black boys (and girls) were too numerous and too big for us to fight back.  We all went to private high schools which were 99.9% white.   

    I went to a Detroit public high school for ONE semester and I swear there were black dudes there that had to be 25 years old.  They were 6’4″ 250 pounds, full beards and most were on the football team.   Basketball team was the same but taller and thinner.   This was back before computers and I much later came to the conclusion that they kept switching schools, and lying about their age, to keep playing sports in hopes of getting a college sports scholarship….or something.  Maybe they were there to just get a free lunch, avoid working, to play sports and knock-up cheerleaders?  Who knows, but these guys were literally twice my size.

    I never used the bathroom ONE time the whole semester.  I was afraid to go in there. 

    Anyway, I went to a private school after one semester.

    Years later the city stupidly abolished the residency rule and all the cops, white and black, moved to the burbs and that neighborhood fell into further decline.  If you had to write a book on how to ruin a city, just write the history of Detroit of you will be done.

    1.  Bring IN a large number of blacks.
    2.  Force whites kids to go to school with them where they are out-numberd and out-muscled forcing whites to move OUT just to keep their kids safe.
    3.  Let the police force live in other, safer places while you go into the cannibals pot and were not allowed to carry a gun for protection. 
    4.  Institute a welfare system so that requires that they do nothing for their check…so that they can reproduce out of control.  Since they have to do NOTHING for their welfare check, they have plenty of spare time to rob, rape, murder, deal drugs and burn down the city.  I believe that robbing and dealing drugs are major forms of suplimental income for most inner-city welfare families.     

    Sounds harsh of me but that is pretty much my take on the situation.  I was there and saw it first hand.   

    • My only disagreement is with the residency rule.  If a city is still mostly white, then it’s a positive.  But if it’s majority black, then the residency rule is quiet affirmative action on the margins.

      • Alexandra1973

        I heard New Orleans has a residency rule to cut down on the number of white cops.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Yes, we should.

    As I wrote that comment I kept thinking of two movies:

    Escape from New York  and Falling Down.

    Remember this great line?

    Bill Foster (Michael Douglas character):  I helped build missiles. I helped protect this country. You should be rewarded for that. But instead they give it to the plastic surgeons, you know they lied to me!! 


  • Kurt Plummer

    First off, how can murders be up 75% if the sum difference is 344 vs. 308 in a two year period?

    Secondly, why is it that the assumption is one of ‘gun control = murder reduction’ when there is NO MENTION of the number of gun crimes and specifically _what group owned them_ in the commitance of said illegal acts?*

    FBI STATISTICS, _The Color Of Crime_:  Blacks are responsible for 7X the violent crime and 8X the property crime and are _4X_ as likely to use a weapon in a crime.  They form 36% of this nation’s prison population and some 31% of those born between 2000 and 2010 will go to prison, at some point, in their lifetimes.  All this while composing some 5% (black males, 14-44) off the total population.

    So, ‘since they are already there’, why not  pull an ‘Escape From New York’ solution?

    Supply free Welfare Cards (EBT), electricity and water.  Send in armored convoys to stock armored, automated, warehouse delivery systems with whatever groceries and other essentials are necessary.  Then cut all lines of communication and build fences, ala Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

    _It will cost less and do more_.  To prove that the problem is ethnic and IQ driven.  Which will do nothing for the problem already here (thankfully, they kill each other as much or more than us.) but could at least help provide the justification for turning off the legal/illegal fire hydrant of continuous ethnic immigration.

    *The obvious assumptive answer here is that emphasis on gun control as a means to reduce crime, ‘without saying who dun it’ is a cheap and dirty way to begin a process of Socially Engineered pacification.  By which we are all defanged and left helpless in the face of the new wave of high-tech (ADS = millimeter wave heat ray etc.) enforcement tools by which civil objection and resolution as a traditional mob response to government overstep are rendered useless.

    To which the equally obvious answer is: If the government can’t catch the criminals with the guns then, by denying guns to everyone, ONLY THE CRIMINALS WILL HAVE THEM.

  • anarchyst

    In late 1960s Detroit,  there was a “decoy” program in place (STRESS)  (Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets) that was quite successful in luring those with bad intent.  Police officers would disguise themselves as vulnerable old men and women, walk the streets and “dispatch” those who dared to attempt to rob them.  The program was a success.  However,  blacks complained that they were being “hunted down and assassinated” . . .
    Coleman Young, Detroit’s first black mayor, used the abolition of the STRESS program as one of his campaign promises.  The rest is history . . . criminals were given free reign to destroy a once proud city.