You don’t mess with a gang member’s money. And that’s just what the Detroit police have been doing. Averaging 35 drug raids a week, Detroit authorities have thwarted the flow of revenue for Detroit’s notorious gangs — and they’re coming after Police Chief James Craig for it, USA Today reports.
“We need to clap him out,” a gang member said Sunday on social media, targeting Craig with a death threat. During a news conference, Craig responded to the threat with a strong backbone:
“You don’t get to threaten a police chief. You threaten a police chief, you threaten every member of that police department. You threaten a police chief, and you threaten every member of our community. That’s not acceptable,” he said.
Craig believes that the gang member is simply embittered that the Detroit police department have been successfully dismantling narcotic networks since he arrived last summer. Despite the threat, Craig plans to continue raiding drug dens in the crime-ridden city. “No way will we back off,” he added.
If anything, Craig said, “this reiterates that we’re doing the right thing.”
The Michigan Attorney’s Office, the Michigan State Police and the Detroit Crime Commission are now investigating the menacing threat — even the FBI is assisting with efforts to find the culprit.
“We will find you,” Craig said, “and we’re going to dismantle your criminal enterprise.”
As Detroit’s authorities and criminals wage war, the state is trying to regain its footing after filing for bankruptcy. Their new plan, however, will cut pension checks by 34 percent (police and fire fighter retirees will lose 10 percent).
A judge is set to deliver a verdict on the proposal on June 16.
[h/t Detroit Free Press]