- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Tuesday his city isn’t seeing the riots that are occurring in other major cities across the country because his police department is supported by the mayor and fellow Detroiters who are “fed up” with the “misguided radicals” fomenting chaos.

Chief Craig made an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” where Mr. Carlson praised Detroit as an “unlikely success story” amid the political violence plaguing the country. The police chief explained that unlike in many other cities, “we don’t retreat here in Detroit.”

“I am just ecstatic over the men and women in the Detroit Police Department,” Chief Craig said. “One thing I learned from my time in Los Angeles: We don’t retreat here in Detroit. We’re just not gonna do it. You saw the images, Tucker, of streets where there was lawlessness, looting, burning, no sign of police officers. We weren’t giving up ground to the radicals. We just didn’t do it.

“Detroiters are fed up with these radical protests,” he continued. “I’m not to talking about the peaceful protesters, I’m talking about that core group — these misguided radicals that have tried to incite violence in our city. They said, ‘We’re not going to put up with it.’ And so we got a couple of things. We got a great police department, great leadership, but we have a community that stands with us and by us and said, ‘enough is enough.’”

The police chief’s comments came after Portland entered its 60th day of riots and other cities such as Seattle and New York continued to face violent protests sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd.

Detroit saw protests earlier this month after 20-year-old Hakim Littleton was killed in an officer-involved shooting. Within hours of the July 10 shooting, and after the demonstrations had already begun, Chief Craig released a video that allegedly showed Littleton pointing a gun and firing at an officer before he was fatally shot by police.

Chief Craig briefly spoke about the incident Tuesday, saying the “radical fringe” failed at trying to change the narrative.

“Detroiters will have nothing of that,” he said. “So when you talk about what’s different here, we have a city that has stood together and oh, by the way, I know there’s a lot of conversation about the mayors in some of these big cities. Our mayor stands with this police chief, stands with this police department [and] we are not going to tolerate this uptick in violence. That’s key. That’s real key.”

While Detroit hasn’t seen the level of political violence as other cities, the Motor City is experiencing the same uptick in violent crime. Chief Craig told reporters Monday that he believes the reasons include low bail for crime suspects and the release of people from jail during the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press reported.

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