Detroit Citizens Protect Themselves After Police Force Decimated

Chris Christoff, Bloomberg, May 30, 2013

As crime hobbles Detroit’s attempts to revive itself, the city is bolstering its police department by having unarmed citizens patrol the streets in a program that costs less than annual salaries and benefits for three officers.

Volunteers given radios and matching T-shirts help officers protect neighborhoods where burglaries, thefts and thugs drive away people who can’t rely on a police force that lost a quarter of its strength since 2009. With 25 patrols on the streets, the city hopes to add three each year. Meanwhile, the homicide rate continues rising.


“Nobody’s going to move back to Detroit as long as people don’t have a sense of security,” said volunteer Lorenzo Blount during his morning rounds in the west-side Grandmont area. “That’s what we’re trying to add in our neighborhood in our little way.”

Detroit once was an economic powerhouse fueled by the auto industry with 1.8 million residents in the 1950s. Now, its 701,000 residents live amid a landscape of blight, poverty, unemployment and crime. {snip}


Police ranks there fell to about 2,500 from 3,350 in 2009. Interim Chief Chester Logan said in April the city must hire to replenish a force losing 25 officers a month to retirement.

In 2011, the dwindling department took over the 30-year-old neighborhood volunteer program to forge a more direct relationship and institute tighter standards, said Second Deputy Melvin Turner, who oversees the groups. Members, who now must pass criminal background checks, are paid from a $270,000 annual fund for mileage and incidental costs such as vehicle signs.


Community groups are campaigning for the city to allow them to levy assessments on homeowners to pay for more patrols. A majority of homeowners would have to approve the flat fee, which would be mandatory.


While homicides in Detroit rose last year to 411 from 344 the year before, other crimes were down 2.6 percent, according to Mayor Dave Bing.

Still, the 16,000 burglaries in 2011 compare with only 12,000 in Philadelphia, a city with more than double Detroit’s population, according to an FBI report. For all property crimes, Detroit ranked sixth–6,144 per 100,000 residents–among U.S. cities with populations of 300,000 or more.


Turner said neighborhood patrols document break-ins, vandalism, suspected drug dens and “strippers” who rip metal from homes to sell as scrap. They’re to call 911 if they see a crime in progress.


To be certified, neighborhood patrols must have 12 volunteers who receive police-approved training, Turner said. Vehicles must have at least two volunteers who may not carry firearms or other weapons.


Citizen patrols aren’t the only effort to bolster the force.

Eight area companies, including GM, Ford Motor Co (F). and Chrysler Group LLC, agreed to donate $8 million for 100 new patrol cars and 23 ambulances.

One business district this year will pay about $200,000 to hire off-duty officers, armed and using city cruisers, to guard a main thoroughfare. Wayne County sheriff’s deputies patrol some streets. And a joint city, state and federal program seeks to get repeat offenders off the streets.


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  • So, my questions to all of you white people living in Michigan:
    Why have the Kardashians been so uptight lately?
    Why did Nicki Minaj just leave American Idol?
    Will Amanda Bynes get her act together?

    You know, the important stuff.
    THIS Detroit nonsense doesn’t matter to you white folk over in Lansing, does it?

    • 48224

      Lansing is getting as bad as Detroit.

      • StillModerated

        Grand Rapids is getting almost as bad as Saginaw and Flint. But all that has nothing to do with the rising populations of bantus.

        • MBlanc46

          I have Grand Rapids connections and am interested in your analysis. I know the area I know best (Burton Heights–Burton and Division) has been overrun by Mexicans (who kept it from being enveloped by the ghetto).

      • jay11

        Ypsi and East Lansing are big ghettoes now. HOW are there enough black people in this country to turn almost every city, large or small into a giant gang-infested ghetto? HOW?

      • Paleoconn

        I think he means the govt in Lansing

    • Morris LeChat

      when are white people going to have such “militias” and “patrols”?

      • The Final Solution

        After the Trayvon Martin thing happened, there were some white militias that went there and patrolled. I remember reading about that.

      • Anon

        One of the things it is vitally important for all white people to learn, especially white racists is that what is portrayed on the media is a fantasy….fabricated, censored and sanitized in order to give you a completely false sense of reality. And your statement is a perfect example. Who says white people don’t have such militias and patrols already. Many work with the police. Many more are outright outlaws and kill blacks on sight (I live in an area ruled by one of these groups).

        Here is a rough idea of what is going on:

        2.5 million times a year. An extremely rough estimate of white use of guns to stop blacks. No information allowed through normal channels of news and information. But the reality is perfectly crystal clear. Use of guns by whites against blacks is a common occurrence in the US in various forms. Much of that is simple citizen self-defense. But with so many incidents, obviously, there is a certain amount of organization going on. I can’t find the stat but the WHO used to complain that the most common cause of death for blacks in America was being shot. They, of course, refused to separate out those shot as victims and those shot as self defense. But, by any measure, ALOT of the latter is going on.

        This is the other side of the coin of the decades long “dirty war” being fought against white people by the negro. It’s organized and anyone with a lick of sense understands that it is war (race war) and not “crime”. Crime is an anti-social act. What blacks do is celebrated in their communities. It gives them status.

        Blacks hunt us and we kill them for it. Because of the police state imposed on us, we kill them far less than we should. But we do, do it…..lots. Incredible that the whole thing can be covered up to the extent it is. Recently, the new thing among negros is attacking in numbers. Invading communities by hundreds, or thousands and attacking whites. With over 50 “riots” in three years in Chicago alone, you would think there would be far more national concern over the escalation of race war. I wonder how many incidents have involved negros entering neighborhoods that are not safe. Disarmed Chicago is safe for them to engage in this behavior. But the first incident to happen in say, rural Kentucky should be interesting.

  • Puggg

    I’m waiting for the AmRen story about the first such unarmed citizen patroller being shot and killed.

    • MekongDelta69

      You might have to wait… Oh, maybe an hour. Two at the outside. Go grab dinner and come back. Hey – you never know…

    • Major

      ” having unarmed citizens patrol the streets..”

      Who’s the ass clown that dreamed that one up? Unarmed in a murder capitol??
      Michigan has some relaxed carry laws….you’d at least think they’re not that crazy to go out without a gun.

      • Cactus Jack

        having unarmed citizens patrol the streets..”
        Is this an April Fool Joke?

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          “You’re under citizen’s arrest…if that’s OK with you…”

        • Luis

          No, it’s no accident at all. If the citizen’s patrols were armed and allowed to shoot criminals, Bantus wouild be complaining about “da bruthas shootin’ and killin da other bruthas”. They can’t have that – they need every Bantu alive they possibly can. They NEED Bantu criminals alive so they can go hat in hand and beg for more money to “fight crime”. On the other hand, the patrols can be held up as an example of “something being done” about Detroit’s crime problems.

          Let me put it another way – if all illness and disease were eliminated, who would need doctors?

      • Xerxes22

        They don’t actually patrol the streets. They just ride around in cars and write up reports on vandalism, stripped cars, drug dealing etc.. If they see a crime in progress, they call 911. That’s not exactly patrolling the streets and they expect home owners to pay extra for that. No way. They could have the Public Works department do the same thing as part of their job.

      • Sick of it

        It’s about as bright as going alone and unarmed around Johannesburg.

        • Major

          And the difference between Detroit and Johannesburg is???

    • nobody

      Who knows maybe it will be in time for the next update.

  • [Guest]

    Will there be any “white Hispanics” named Zimmerman manning the streets, or will all the volunteers be little sweetie pies like Trayvon?

    • Major

      Ole GZ is facing a royal shafting come June…unfortunately the prosecutor is a cross dressing LBGT and the AG is a real worm…pretty but a moron. Can’t have both I guess. Well…poor George…I guess not having a Florida town burnt to the ground by the warring Zulu’s is more important than justice for George.

      • [Guest]

        True. When people imagine themselves in a Zimmerman-Trayvon situation, though, which role do they see themselves playing? Among blacks, I think it goes without saying. They’re all Trayvons. Among white people, are they Zimmerman? If so, are they the Zimmerman who survived the encounter, or are they a Zimmerman who’s badly beaten or dead on the pavement?

        I hope I’m mistaken, but I believe that white Americans generally are so far gone that they’d lie down and die under Trayvon’s heel rather than fire the deadly shot.

        • TeutonicKnight67

          …and THAT sir is one of the main problems! We have been cowed into submission through years of Marxist indoctrination by our own libtarded “elites”. Every White person in this country has to think about the rest of his life should he defend himself from treacherous Bantu predation. Will I (a) successfully defend myself against the “justice” system but be financially ruined by years of court proceedings and/or civil litigation or (b) be thrown into the Bantu rape cage and abused for sport for years on end by savage animals?

          You can’t defend yourself properly when you have these thoughts constantly weighing on your mind. Bantus on the other hand, harbor no such reservations and therefore are both more prone to violence and ready to respond in kind.

        • Major

          Not this white “boy”…never….in my years of service I’ve never thrown my hands up. Queens and girls do. Not white men…I hope.

      • Svigor

        I guess I’m the only one who thinks Zim is going to walk. And beat the subsequent civil rap, too. And win a counter-suit.

        I suppose if his attorney sleeps through jury selection, he could be in real trouble.

  • The__Bobster

    You couldn’t pay me enough to walk the streets of DeToilet unarmed.

    And if I were forced to snuff a choirboy like Trayvon, you can bet I’d leave the scene as fast as possible. No one can ever justify the justifiable shooting of a criminal spoonie thug.

    • gemjunior

      Yes, take your chances on the run rather than trust the “justice” system to try and accept the truly mind-boggling fact that violent, impulsive, angry, envious hate-filled black people are actually victimizing naive, stupid idealistic utopia-seeking white people and not the other way round. What a concept.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “As crime hobbles Detroit’s attempts to revive itself, the city is bolstering its police department by having unarmed citizens patrol the streets”

    “Meanwhile, the homicide rate continues rising.”

  • MekongDelta69

    Ahh yes – “radios and matching T-shirts” are SURE to do the job in DIE-Troit.

    Other than that, get back to me in about 25-50,000 years when maybe (on an outside chance), blacks become semi-civilized.

    • Morris LeChat

      yo, dey be stylin n sheet

    • Svigor

      Problem with that is, civilization’s a moving target. By the time blacks catch up, the other races will have moved on.

      • marula

        It took them 3.5 million years to get to where they are on the evolutionary chart today. In numerous parts of Africa, even in the so-called “Rainbow Nation” of S Africa they still eat each other.

  • bigone4u

    Hey, it’s Detroit. Where’s Robocop when you need him.

    • MikeS

      Laid off. Victim of the sequester.

      • bigone4u

        That’s Obama’s story. The truth according to TMZ is that Robocop was arresting too many blacks, not to mention gunning them down. He’s been sent to reprograming camp where his racist circuits are being replaced and reprogramed. The new, improved Robocop will only shoot white ladies in their 70s out walking their chihuahuas.

        • joesolargenius

          How traumatic for the chihuahuas ,perhaps some grief counseling will be in order.

      • Strider73

        So was Axel Foley.

        • Svigor

          Axel Foley spent most of his time hightailing it out of Detroit to get to Beverly Hills, anyway. 🙂

  • dd121

    Pulte (home builders) just announced today that they’re relocating their HQ to Atlanta from Detroit saith the WSJ today. Wonder who will be left to turn out the lights.

    • Flaxen-headed Strumpet

      Detroit to Atlanta?? Wash, rinse and repeat in about 15 years? Who is the long range corporate strategy planner at Pulte?

      • jane johnson

        Dang! You beat me to it. Nice call.

    • StillModerated

      The lights are all being stolen for scrap. Besides, rumor has it that Detroilet can’t even pay its electric bill.

      • Non Humans

        But the companies that create and supply that power can’t shut it off no matter how indebted the city of Detroilet becomes…DAT wud beez raaaycisss!!

  • Anglokraut

    Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force said it best about people still in Detroit: “Deys livin’ in Mad-Max-times.”

    • Romulus

      Looks like a good place for either a M O A B or a couple of daisy cutters. Wait a minute, how about a domestic DRONE program!!

    • Nathanwartooth

      Which episode was that? I don’t remember him saying that.

      • Anglokraut

        It wasn’t in an aired episode, it was in one of the mini football show that ATHF put out a few years ago for their Facebook page: Carl’s Stone-Cold Lock of the Century–of the Week. You can still watch last season’s picks on the Adult Swim website, but I still can’t find the specific episode; it would have been either 2009 or 2010. It’s not even on You Tube.
        The show puts out a new minisode every week during football season, and Carl would rant about the NFL teams playing, and rant about society in general. The writers for the show just nailed the observation that the people of Detroit can’t be bothered to save their city, but the Lions had better be good.

        • Nathanwartooth

          lol ok thanks, I know which ones you are talking about.

          • Anglokraut

            You’re welcome; I’m happy that at least a few here got the reference. The nine people who voted up on my original comment is just icing on the cake!

          • PesachPatriot

            I’ve always been a pretty big aqua teen fan….squidbillies is pretty good too.

    • me

      Dear Detroitians,
      So sorry for your self-created demise…sarcasm should be noted!

  • APaige

    “Nobody’s going to move back to Detroit as long as people don’t have a sense of security.”
    It should read: “No one will move back to Detroit as long as BLACK people are there.”

    • Henry

      Remove the negro factor and Detroit will prosper.
      Make Detroit a negro free zone so it can be a great city again.

  • ye ol’ swampyankee

    Detroit is a real stain and drain on the great state of Michigan, Worse yet, Detroit is becoming the first thing to come to mind to those outside the region.

    I much prefer the normal white Michigan part.

    • joemcgee

      It could be worse. It could be Camden in the peoples republik of new jersey.

  • Strider73

    [sarc] Those heavily-armed gangbangers are now quaking in their Air Jordans at the thought of all those unarmed volunteers in their identical T-shirts [/sarc]

    Can you say “target-rich environment?”

    • Romulus

      Excellent pre-Roman profile pic!! You might enjoy Brian bates’ book “the real middle earth” A look at Europe before the eastern Mediterranean invasions.

  • DailyKenn

    Sounds like a scene from an apocalypse movie.

  • JohnEngelman

    Detroit needs armed vigilance committees.

    • MBlanc46

      Except that with the inmates running the asylum there’s no one to trust to be an armed vigilante.

  • Morris LeChat

    Well, now that the po po are gawn who is to stop white groups from destroying the roads that lead into and out of Detroit, digging trenches across them, building walls through areas. Time to start containing that mess.

    • r j p

      Can you imagine what would happen when food can not get into Detoilet?

      • Anglokraut

        Yeah, they’d learn how to swim really fast, and Windsor, Ont would be flooded with “refugees”. Canada’s too nice to mine the river.

  • Seek

    Detroit has lower crime rates than Philadelphia? That’s kind of like saying that Sierra Leone is safer than Ivory Coast.

    • Svigor

      I guess Philly’s still got some white people with stuff to steal.

  • MBlanc46

    Good luck to the poor buggers, but you have to wonder whether they might be setting some foxes loose in some hen houses there.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “Nobody’s going to move back to Detroit as long as people don’t have a sense of security,” said volunteer Lorenzo Blount during his morning rounds in the west-side Grandmont area.

    No, nobody’s going to move back to Detroit until the blacks leave. That’s the only thing that could possibly save the city now.

    Whites will not move to a majority-black city. Period.

  • Talltrees

    Something good coming from blacks.

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    and their director Bob Gilligan; the Illinois Family Institute and their
    director David Smith; the Illinois Family PAC and their director, Paul Caprio;
    and the Coalition of African American Pastors and their chairman, Rev. Bill
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  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Community groups are campaigning for the city to allow them to levy assessments on homeowners to pay for more patrols. A majority of homeowners would have to approve the flat fee, which would be mandatory.
    Isn’t this the city that already has millions of dollars of uncollected property taxes? The ink is barely dry on that story, and yet they want more fees that will go uncollected?

  • a multiracial individual

    They should have accepted S.T.R.E.S.S

  • Spartacus

    “While homicides in Detroit rose last year to 411 from 344 the year
    before, other crimes were down 2.6 percent, according to Mayor Dave

    WOW ! 2.6 percent !?!?! That’s a breakthrough if I ever saw one. If they keep it up, pretty soon Detroit is gonna be safer than Switzerland !

    • toldev

      I would take those reduced crime statistics with several grains of salt.

      As the police force is reduced, response times go up. As a result: Some one who wants to report a burglary might have to wait half a day for the police to show up. Many people probably decide it isn’t worth the bother to report crimes. That does improve the cities crime statistics. However there is more actual crime as evidenced by the skyrocketing homicide rate.

      • Svigor

        Yeah, loss of faith in law enforcement and factors like the ones you mention are big, too.

        Generally speaking, violent crime should keep pace with homicide. If you see homicides going up and other violent crimes going down, it pretty much screams “corruption.”

    • Svigor

      In other words, Bing-O cooked the books. Homicide’s the hardest crime to sweep under the rug. You have a body, and that starts a fairly rigorous legal process. People recover from assaults, rapes, burglaries, etc., and for various reasons, these crimes aren’t taken as seriously (no recovered goods no robbery – who’s to say it’s yours and not his? – rape is he said/she said much of the time, people heal from assaults, etc.).

      When you see homicide going up and the rest of the crimes going down, that’s a classic sign of heavy book-cooking and stat-massaging. This stuff is really easy to do, because cops have a lot of latitude as to how they take a report. Attempted murder becomes assault, felony assault becomes misdemeanor assault, etc.

  • Whirlwinder

    Detroit is the result of democratic and black control & mismanagement for some 50 years. And sending unarmed citizen patrols to police armed black thugs is risible. As Detroit goes to its doom, our country would do well to study how the democrats and black destroyed the once beautiful city. Our nation is at risk from the same actions that scuttled Detroit.

    • Svigor

      I get a kick out of clueless conservatives and their insistence that liberalism ruined Detroit. Nope. You can make Scandinavians as liberal as you like, and you won’t see them populating Detroits. I love rubbing these clueless conservatives’ noses in the fact that black people ruined Detroit, not liberalism or the Democrat party.

      Now, obviously liberals and Democrats turned Detroit over to blacks to be ruined, but conservatives present no real alternative, here. They are spineless on race and they’d turn a city over to blacks just as readily.

  • r j p

    While homicides in Detroit rose last year to 411 from 344 the year before, other crimes were down 2.6 percent, according to Mayor Dave Bing.
    Tough for the crime rate to go up when crimes aren’t investigated, or when they are not even reported because there is a multiple hour wait for police to respond.

  • rhialto

    Considering the low standards to enter real police training, what are the standards for these volunteers? Will the more intelligent gang bangers see program as a great cover for criminal activities? I don’t know, but it would not want to find out by direct contact.

    • Dirt-Rot’s real ‘bangers will have nothing to fear from these play cops, no matter what their standards are or whether there are 10, 10 thousand or 10 million of them. Unarmed rent-a-“cops” versus armed gangs, guess who wins every time. The gangs won when the justice system in Detroit became a revolving door.

  • Alucard_the_last

    This is the dream of all blacks until their dream comes true. Good luck in defending yourselves.

  • libertarian 1234

    “While homicides in Detroit rose last year to 411 from 344 the year before, other crimes were down 2.6 percent, according to Mayor Dave Bing.”

    It looks like there’s nothing left worth stealing, but if they get mad they can always kill somebody so their night of robbing and plundering isn’t a total loss.

  • MarxistMangler

    Detroit is the quintessential negro filled and negro run city.

  • Detroit shows what 50 years of ni99er control leads to. Our economy shows what 5 years of ni99ers in Washington lead to!
    Instant ghetto, just add ni99ers!

  • Detroit is proof of what happens after 50 years of ni99er control. The US economy is proof of what ni99er presidents do after only 5!

  • Denver Goddess

    God forbid people don’t just sit and wait for hand feedings from the government. We’ve had it banged into our heads to sit and let the authorities handle it.

  • evilsandmich

    Detroit once was an economic powerhouse fueled by the auto industry with 1.8 million residents in the 1950s. Now, its 701,000 residents live amid a landscape of blight, poverty, unemployment and crime.
    I wonder what happened between those two sentences….

  • libertarian1234

    These citizen patrols are probably 99% black, which is going to cause problems because of it.

    I wonder how long it will be before we read of “citizen patrols” in Detroit that have been discovered looting houses or businesses or assaulting someone?

    And I’m suggesting that not out of animosity but experience.