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The Detroit Tenants Association called for political action and grassroots organizing to improve housing conditions in the city.

Members voiced their concerns — which they intend to share with City Council — and provided tenant resources.

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This commenter says her daughter in West Bloomfield was murdered, and investigating officers accused her daughter of using drugs and being sexually promiscuous. She wants BOPC to oversee the investigation. Holley empathizes. “She’s a human being and it has not to do with how she died.” The commenter suggests conducting an autopsy. a2mi.social/@civicDetroitDan/1

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CORRECTION: The following was meant to be added before the toot linked below.

McGinnis comes back, saying he met a citizen outside the meeting room who wants to give comment. The public comment period has long passed, but the board allows it. …

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⏱ At 6:11 p.m., the meeting adjourns!

BOPC’s will meet again next Thursday: detroitmi.gov/events/board-pol

That’s my live coverage of this Detroit Board of Police Commissioners meeting. As always, thank you for following along!

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Bernard wants to have the previous public commenter’s accusation of police misconduct to be registered as a formal complaint. Lots of debate, and Bernard again accuses Interim Secretary Melanie White of wrongdoing. Banks: “Let’s get together, drink some coffee, eat some doughnuts or something … and work this thing out. … It’s just too much, man.”

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Holley if Davis meets with him, he would apologize. But “just because you’re on the other side, it don’t mean you have a right to throw rocks at me or at this board.”

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Bernard stands up for former Police Commissioner Davis, who commented earlier in the meeting criticizing Holley. She says it was within Davis’ right. “I’m just requesting you (Holley) respectfully to apologize for a personal attack on a man who actually has a distinguished record with this board.”

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💼 At 6:03 p.m., the board proceeds to new business… I think. The agenda lists a motion to rescind a presentation next Thursday by Victoria Shah. Burton tries to talk about the Wayne State Police Accountability Task Force, but commissioners say Bell just talked about it.

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Commissioner Bell says “the hour is late” and changed his mind about a meeting recess he was about to propose. He wants to meet in private about the Wayne State Police Accountability Task Force. Lots of confusion about the proper meeting order. Holt: “I don’t even know what we’re talking about.”

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🧳 At 5:59 p.m., the board proceeds to unfinished business.

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Bernard says they need to hear from the professor involved on the Wayne State Police Accountability Task Force report directly. Interim Melanie White says “that is the goal.” Bernard: “The community has a right to hear what Wayne State thinks about us. This isn]t a private training session.” Ferguson: “We’re gonna talk about that offline.”

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Interim Secretary Melanie White says commissioners also have a report from the NACOLE conference and updates regarding the Wayne State Police Accountability Task Force. Bernard says the latter’s report is urgent.

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Carter asks if there are U.S. attorneys in the precincts. Commissioners say yes.

Burton asks why DPD homicide statistics differ from state police and FBI statistics. McGinnis says they report their numbers to the state at the end of the year and ratify them by May.

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Bernard further asks about how they collaborate with federal law enforcement regarding missing persons cases. McGinnis: “We collaborate very well.” They reach out to other local police departments elsewhere in the country when appropriate.

Holt and Holley commends McGinnis for the layout and format of his report.

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Bernard asks how many cold cases they have. McGinnis says this is “more of an open-ended question” because they have cases from the 1980s and 1990s. Bernard presses McGinnis for an answer, and he says they’re actively working on 100-150 cases considered as cold cases.

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