LeDuff: How’s That Scaled Back Detroit Police Force Working?

Charlie LeDuff, My Fox Detroit, September 4, 2012

So how’s that scaled back and whittled down to the bone Detroit police force working? Well, some people on a nice block on the east side called us to tell us about it.

“My mom’s house got broken into like three times this year,” said Lawrence.


“You almost have to call and say you’re getting murdered or something in order for them to come. I don’t know what the trick is yet, but they still don’t show up,” said Sammy Tocco, a realtor in Godbee’s neighborhood.

That calling up and saying I murdered somebody bit doesn’t work either because this past weekend on the west side a guy got into a beef with four men. He shot them, killing two. Seeing as the police precincts were closed, the self confessed murderer came to Engine 40 to turn himself in. He begged them to call police, which they did.

“He shot four people and killed two,” said a Detroit firefighter. “No cop ever came here, and this is supposed to be a priority call when you call Central and say, okay, we need a scout car at the fire station.”

After three or four hours, firefighters say they put him in a cab where he went to a police precinct and turned himself in.



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  • Church_of_Jed

    Busy doing what?

    • anarchyst

      Donuts, my friend, donuts . . .

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

         There are two places you can find the police: The porno shop or the doughnut shop. This is because the police believes that there are three places were the criminal can be found: The crime scene, the doughnut shop, and the porno shop. The criminal goes to these 3 locations for the following reason. he goes to the doughnut shop for a sugar high. Once the criminal is high on sugar he commits a crime to get money. After the criminal gets money, he goes to the porno shop to spend it. Since the cop doesn’t know where the next crime will occur, their only alternative is to hang out at either the doughnut shop or porno shop.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       Sitting on their butts complaining that they don’t make enough money and are over worked.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Sounds like the liberal white neighborhood that where I live. Police do nothing except write tickets. Anything to make the city money. I found the best way to get the police and swat team to show up is to say there is 1 neo-nazi skin head goose stepping in the street and singing German marching songs.


    • RisingReich

       The reason this is so funny is that it’s most likely true.

      • Detroit_WASP

        Oh, it’s true.  It has been all over the news here.  Charlie LeDuff is my favorite reporter. 

  • ncpride

    Well, I suppose they better hope this fella pleads guilty and avoids a trial, because they would certainly have some ‘splaning to do. Can you imagine how this would play out in a court of law?

    “So tell us Detective, what did you see at the crime scene?”

    “Um, we didn’t actually go to the crime scene… we were too busy.”

  • Funny, but certainly predictable for anyone who has had to deal with minority professionalism in a once civilized society.

  • Defiant White

    Smart-thinking negro gangbangers will probably do everything pssible to reduce street crime . . . just so things don’t go back to the old days when there were plenty of cops.  Without po-lice funding there is no more pesky undover nark officer . . . no money for informants . . . not negro beat cop . . . etc.  Gangs can sell all the dope they want free from interference.

    Italians and Irish gangs used to do the same thing.  If you set up a speak-easy, or a whore house, or a gambling pad, you don’t want cops nosing around . . . so you make the neighborhood as crime free as possible.  Cops go focus on some place else.

    • Shawn_thefemale

       You’re assuming waaaay too much intelligence.  The crime has steadily been climbing in those very areas, and yet the cops are still pulling out. These guys know they’re home free.

  • Detroit_WASP

    Who paid for the killer’s cab ride? 

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       I would guess it was the petty cash from the firemen. I think they have a pool of money or cash account for food and other stuff. It is also amazing the things you find in empty evacuated buildings. Lots of UNBURNED cash that seems to have been burned up in the fire they just put out.

  • IKantunderstand

    I think the problem here is: Y’all don’t unnerstan. It be verb tense. We doan know wha that mean xclaty, but we shur enuff know weather yo be ded now, or yo thin yo gonna be.  Dis guy all reddy kilt two . What’s de rush?

  • JackKrak

    Imagine a world in which you were allowed to write a tv sitcom making fun of Detroit.

    The cops not showing up to pick up someone who called in to confess to murder would be the main gag in the first episode.

  • Strider73

    I’d love to know why the killer felt the need to turn himself in. The ironclad rule of armed self-defense outside one’s own home and in the absence of witnesses is “shoot, scoot and stay mute.” That’s doubly true here. As “ncpride” noted, no cops showed up at the crime scene, so no evidence was collected.  Even if they had shown up, the black-run lab wouldn’t have the intelligence needed to process the evidence or figure anything else out. The TV series CSI: Detroit doesn’t exist for  a reason — it would be a 60-minute version of Idiocracy.

    •  I think they would do a TV series, because Detroit has what people crave—they have electrolytes.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    There is a free app for the i-Phone called “Police Scanner +”. You can listen to police and fire dispatchers in all 50 states. On Friday and Saturday nights I tune into Chicago, Detroit or Oakland. The affirmative Action dispatchers are hilarious! You can barely make out what they are saying and just start randomly rambling on and on. It is a real eye opener to the state of most large integrated police and fire departments. It provides hours of free entertainment.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Some really astute observers have stated things like this are a set-up in case Obama does not win re-election.  If that happens, and before his present opponent can actually take over the office of the presidency, there will be cities like Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Saint Louis, Chicago, parts of NYC going up in flames with mass killings along with it in protest of a racist America.  Many know that radicals feel it is necessary for blood to flow in order to establish the totalitarian system they call progressive democracy. Many others feel many cities are expendable, certainly places like Detroit which the fanatics have been cultivating for the purpose of cannon fodder.  Victory can only take place in the face of death.  Makes sense to me.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    … there are events such as civil strife or a collapse of civil order after the election (it could be merely a domestic terrorist act, or something that appears to be so) that could be determined by the still seated president to be a “national emergency” whereby that president could drastically expand the arm of the executive branch (supreme federal power over the other 2 branches of governnment) to inact the old War Powers Act of WWII…to occupy America…many see that as a possiblity…