A particularly Detroit juxtaposition of events

There was an amazing coincidence last night while I was watching the 11 p.m. news. I started out watching Channel 7, where their chief investigative reporter had discovered that “virtually all” the members of the Detroit Police Department’s vice squad was on suspension on suspicion of misconduct of one form or another — allegations of falsified police documents, brutality, and bribery. The new police chief (named by the interim mayor) does seem to be taking this all seriously, at least. There’s a two-part transcript of the story on Channel 7’s website, here.

At one point the reporter was talking to an official who was trying to stonewall, so I switched over to Channel 4’s news. At the same time, they were running an investigative report on how two closed schools in the Detroit School District had been unsecured when they were closed, with all the equipment and books left in them. The video showed books strewn everywhere, damage to the ceilings (probable copper theft going on there) — even student records were just laying on the floor, including records of serious incidents such as alleged sexual assaults as well as ordinary grade reports. District officials say there was just no money in the budget to close these schools properly at the time. This story is here on Channel 4’s website (sorry, only video available, with commercial at the top).

I ended up switching back and forth between both stories until the (near-simultaneous) commercial break.

Y’know, it’s not that I want to beat up on the city of Detroit. But the city keeps beating up on itself.


About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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4 Responses to A particularly Detroit juxtaposition of events

  1. animist says:


    Saw this on the Onion… it’s a re-run, but thought of you:


  2. ferndalealex says:

    I’ve been commenting for a long time that DPS should tear down the closed schools and put the land up for sale. They may not get much money for them but they won’t have to worry about security / maintenance and bad press. Royal Oak closed a bunch of school and within a year they were all empty lots.

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way. May the PTA can organize volunteers to clear out the sensitive stuff…

    • songdogmi says:

      They say they didn’t have money to close up the schools, so they’d probably say they don’t have money to demolish them. I think they were hoping they could sell the buildings but the economy has been bad here longer than elsewhere. Still… it has to be cheaper to do things right than to let them rot. And if they open themselves up to a lawsuit because supposedly confidential documents are left lying around like that, that isn’t going to be cheap, either.

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