Myra Lanton and her family are the flesh and blood people behind Detroit’s crime statistics.
Motor City Muckraker and Deadline Detroit collaborated on a series about Detroit’s declining police services. This is part 1.
It has been a violent start to 2017 in Detroit.
Protesters gathered to mark the anniversary of the 2010 fatal shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed by a cop in a raid at her family’s east side home.
In May, Detroit Police Chief James Craig inexplicably stopped releasing public information on daily shootings, murders and other violent crimes, making it appear as if the city was safer than it is.
While a bulk of police resources were downtown, officers were called to at least three shootings, seven home invasions, three armed robberies, four arsons, a rape and numerous domestic assaults.
New Police Chief James Craig is immune from public pressure and accountability because he was selected by state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
The good news? Shootings dropped 25% from January 2013.
It was Detroit’s third large raid since an east-side sweep on Nov. 15.
With roughly 215 murders so far this year, the city is on pace to eclipse homicides in each of the past three years.