Rep. Tlaib: No more policing, incarceration, or militarization. Rep. Waters: “I love her for it”

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On Saturday, April 17th, CNN’s “Newsroom” host Jim Acosta asked Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) to react to her colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) social media post calling for “no more policing” and other reforms. 

Reportedly, Waters summed up Tlaib’s reaction to a “desire for justice” and added that she appreciates and loves Tlaib for her “outspokenness” on the subject. She said:

“Well, of course, we are all very, very anxious to get justice. We have lived with, you know, so many young black people, in particular, men and women, but certainly black men being killed and the officers getting away with it.”

She added:

“The family left without having gotten justice. It goes on and on and on. So, I can understand the disgust. I can understand the feelings that so many have about.

We’ve got to get some justice in both of these cases and so, I know that my colleague speaks her mind and she said what was in her heart. I understand that very well.”

Waters stated:

“I’m here today because number one, I want to show that there are members of Congress who really care about what is happening with these cases and whether or not we’re going to get justice or whether or not the police unions and the lies they tell are going to win. So, she spoke her mind and I appreciate that and I love her for that.”

Fox News reported that Detroit Police Chief James Craig called out Tlaib and her latest comment on calling for “no more policing” in the wake of 20-year-old Daunte Wright’s death after a police traffic stop. 

Tlaib has faced mounting backlash after her continuous calls to end policing, incarceration, and militarization, which is just the latest in a long string of controversial comments from the sophomore congresswoman. Craig said in a statement:

“She’s reckless. I’d love to see her resign. I’d throw her a goodbye party.”

He added:

“Who is she speaking for? When you talk about abolishing police, incarceration, when you talk about safe cities, what do you think the residents in Detroit want? I know. I speak with them.”

Reportedly, some of Tlaib’s fellow Democrats, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), have distanced themselves from her recent “no more policing” tweet. On April 12th, Tlaib tweeted:

“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently and intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression and violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”

Craig also condemned Waters for telling protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to “get more confrontational” if Derek Chauvin is not convicted for the death of George Floyd. He said:

“I will not let someone like Tlaib or Maxine Waters paint our profession with a broad brush. Are you aware what the other U.S. rep said as recent as yesterday? You know what she said in response to Brooklyn Center? Get more confrontational.”

He added:

“I was the first chief in the nation that came out and denounced the murderous cop who killed George Floyd. We support free speech, we support social justice, but we are encouraging, we make reckless statements like that, to create criminal behavior?”

Craig said that if he ever made comments like Tlaib’s, he would be forced to resign. He added:

“Is she truly representing the people or is she representing a fringe group? She does not speak for black and brown people in our city.”

Tlaib’s spokesperson Denzel McCampbell called Craig’s comments “disappointing and unproductive” in a recent statement. He added:

“At a time where report after report cites the city of Detroit’s harmful treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters and the enormous waste of taxpayer money to lose embarrassingly in court after trying to intimidate them, the city’s use of discriminatory facial recognition technology and the fact that people still do not feel safe despite spending $300 million per year on police, it’s disappointing and unproductive for Chief Craig to run to the cameras to call for Congresswoman Tlaib’s resignation.”

According to reports, in September 2020, Tlaib called for an independent investigation of police action at protests regarding “excessive use of force” on protesters.

Craig supports the Second Amendment right to conceal carry and also uses video cam footage in high-crime areas to supplement the limited police force in Detroit. These are all policies that Tlaib opposes.

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Detroit police outraged after two suspects who pointed guns at them are released by judge

March 20th, 2o21

DETROIT, MI – Friday night, a Dodge Charger sped away from police with two suspects inside after pointing guns at officers.

Police pursued the suspects who crashed into two parked cars and a police vehicle. Now the two suspects are back on the street and police want answers.

It all began when police spotted Terrence Jordan standing in the street holding a pistol on March 12. Jordan was standing with another man named Joshua McCormick. Detroit Police Cpl. Jason Tonti described the events that followed:

“This individual Mr. Jordan exited the car. He pointed that gun in our direction. We were far enough back a safe distance. He jumped back in the car, drove about 3-5 feet, got back out, and did the same thing.”

 

Police say the men entered the Dodge Charger and fled from the officers. Authorities said the officers terminated the pursuit for public safety reasons when the suspects shut off their headlights while driving at high speed.

The duo eventually made contact with Michigan State Police, who re-instituted the pursuit. The vehicle then crashed at the corner of I-96 and Kentfield.

Tonti said Jordan and McCormick did not seem to take the incident seriously:

“They destroyed a scout car. Luckily, the officers were OK. And these guys’ demeanor, it’s like they didn’t care. It was a joking matter to them. They knew nothing was going to happen to them.”

The men were arrested and taken before 36th District Court magistrate Millicent Sherman. Sherman released the two men on a $2,000 personal bond, meaning they did not need to post any money to walk free. Tonti was upset by the release:

“I took it very personally, and my partner took it personally. These guys are dangerous and I’m telling you right now they’re not going to show up to court. We’re going to have to go look for them, and we will find them.”

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Police Chief James Craig agreed with Tonti that the release was wrong and that criminals learning that they will not have to pay consequences for their criminal behavior:

“They tell our officers all the time, ‘Hey, I’ll be out before you’re off shift.’ They say that and it’s shameful. This endangers not only the men and women who serve, it endangers the people in our community.”

David Cripps, the attorney for Jordan, told Fox News that the Chief’s comments were inappropriate, suggesting Craig wants to lock up innocent people:

“I’m very saddened by the fact that the police department, particularly the police chief, would comment on a case that hasn’t even been to court yet for a full due process hearing called a preliminary examination.

I guess the police chief thinks that anybody just charged with a crime should all be locked up.”

Aware the police were angered by the release of the two suspects who pointed guns at them, 36th District Court Chief Judge William McConico released a statement:

“The magistrate objectively weighed the factors the court must consider when determining bond, such as prior criminal record, risk of flight, history of dangerousness, ties to the community, etc.

The defense convincingly presented information confirming the defendants’ ties to the community, multiple stable jobs, and a lack of prior criminal contacts. There was no information given that indicated that either defendant presented a flight or safety risk.”

The statement included pointing out that anyone can request an emergency bond hearing to reevaluate a bond decision, but Detroit police say they were blocked from doing just that.

Police said they attempted to have an officer attend the bond hearing to make the court aware of the seriousness of the incident but were told only the prosecutor could be present.

Making the release of the two even more upsetting to officers is the fact that McCormick was already on bond for another felony case which is awaiting a preliminary exam. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said:

“The defendant was arraigned on that case on September 18, 2020. Defendant McCormick was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon, and a $1,000 [bond] was set by the same person, Magistrate Sherman.

“It is the responsibility of the magistrate to look at all of the circumstances and set the bond, including an outstanding charge. There is no reason that a $2,000 personal bond should have been set by the court.”

Meanwhile, there are other victims in this case who say they feel they have not been given the justice they deserve. Brittany Laflouria and Javon Bognear are the owners of the parked vehicles and property damaged when the defendants’ vehicle crashed. They say the system has forgotten them.

“We are involved not because it was intentional but because you brought us into this,” Bognear said of the police and suspects. They said that they were given a case number by Michigan State Police, but that more should be done.

The two explained that no one has explained how they are to be compensated for having to take time off work, dealing with insurance companies, and for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bognear said:

“We have to be thankful that I left when I did. No one was near the car. But we are still the bullseye at the end of the day.”

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