Police take action after Muckraker revealed drug, prostitution den by playground

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Boarded-up drug and prostitution den in the Cass Corridor.

For more than a year, an abandoned building in the Cass Corridor served as a drug and prostitution den, where exposed needles, used condoms and broken liquor bottles were scattered around the property.

Behind the building is a playground where children play basketball and families gather for picnics.

One of numerous needles outside of the building.
One of numerous needles outside of the building.

Soon after Motor City Muckraker featured the building in a story on Feb. 17, Wayne State Police boarded up the property, issued trespassing citations to people found inside the building and teamed up with Detroit to boost patrols in the area.

“All shift patrol officers were directed to make a enforcement stop at this location,” Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt told me. “Once we started with the direct visibility, the word spread quickly that this was not the place to be. We have the building boarded up and we will continue our enforcement activity at that location and in the area.”

Inside the building.
Inside the building.

The building is tucked behind a large vacant house at Martin Luther King Jr. and Second.

Detroit police are pursuing the building’s owner, Calvin Bruning, who has neglected the property for years.

“There is an environmental officer assigned to check that location and follow up with environmental court to ensure that the owner is cited and is forced to clean up the lot and secure the building properly,” Sgt. Michael Woody told me.

An exposed needle and broken glass on a sidewalk.
An exposed needle and broken glass on a sidewalk.

Thelma White, who lives nearby with her young children, said she was afraid to walk past the building.

“It’s scary,” she told me. “I don’t want my kids stepping on a needle or broken glass. It’s disgusting back there.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    Why in detroit can you board up your property, drug addicts break it, shoot drugs, leave biohazard blood and crap on the floor etc, and as a property owner, your name ends up in the paper.

    The old radio station on 8 mile in oak park is about to be opened as a restaurant, it has been closed for almost 20 years, no one i shooting heroin, or cooking meth in there.

    • Steve

      *any more

    • Steve

      *any more

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Nice!

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Great job my Brother. It just goes to show that when you get a hand full of people together that say ” I`m not taken this shit anymore” that things can change. Big thanks to Wayne state Police and DPD too.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Great job my Brother. It just goes to show that when you get a hand full of people together that say ” I`m not taken this shit anymore” that things can change. Big thanks to Wayne state Police and DPD too.

    • muckraker_steve

      Thanks, brother. Great to see such a quick response from Detroit and Wayne State Police.

      • 1happycat

        Thanks, every little bit helps.

      • 1happycat

        Thanks, every little bit helps.

  • Third World Detroit

    All we need to do to get action is to involve the media.

    • Steve

      You must be a millenial, or New Detroiter. Back in the olden days, this was an everyday occurrence, everywhere.

      Great work Mr. Neavling!

      • Third World Detroit

        Well, that’s a new one. I’m usually accused of being a suburbanite masquerading as a resident of Third World Detroit.

        • SnowStormsinDetroit

          It’s all the same Bebow. That’s what you just can’t seem to understand lololoo!

          • Third World Detroit

            Ain’t nothing real about you, Lord Powder-puff.

          • Klann Killa

            And yet he still tries to “push,, and force the fact that he/she is. Real recognizes real the world over ?.As far as “low hanging fruit” goes, this fool is a carrot

          • Third World Detroit

            That’s deep, KK.

          • SnowStormsinDetroit

            *slow clap*

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Hazel park is the suburbs, its just sketchy and rough around the edges. Suburbs does not mean nice, or upper class, or up scale. Reford and inkster are suburbs. Taylor and mt clemens are suburbs. Centerline is a suburb.

            It is a great location though, it will see better days soon. Its a good spot to buy into long term.

          • Steve

            Royal Oak Township is a ‘burb too.

          • Steve

            Royal Oak Township is a ‘burb too.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Hazel park is the suburbs, its just sketchy and rough around the edges. Suburbs does not mean nice, or upper class, or up scale. Reford and inkster are suburbs. Taylor and mt clemens are suburbs. Centerline is a suburb.

            It is a great location though, it will see better days soon. Its a good spot to buy into long term.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Its not that easy. The media does not board up, pock ip trash, arrest people, seize their druggy cars, etc