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October 3, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Detroit's police chief is again embroiled in a sex scandal, the latest such affair to hit the beleaguered city's cops. On Tuesday, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing formally suspended Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. amid reports that he had an affair with a female police officer. It was the second such allegation against Godbee since taking the post in 2010. Godbee was brought in to replace former Police Chief Warren Evans, who was forced to resign after he was featured in a promo for a reality television program and had a relationship with the department's Lt. Monique Patterson.
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February 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Officials may chalk a Detroit school shooting up to self-defense. On Friday night after a basketball game at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit, 70-year-old coach Ernest Robinson was walking two students to their cars when two teenage boys approached, police said. One of the boys, Michael Scott, 16, was a student at the school, officials confirmed. Surveillance video shows the two boys "waiting in [a] corridor, with alleged attacker Michael Scott placing a white T-shirt he brought with him on his head in the hopes of concealing his identity," according to MyFoxDetroit , citing police sources who saw surveillance footage of the attack.
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October 8, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, This story has been corrected. Please see note below for details.
Ralph Godbee Jr. stepped down as Detroit's police chief Monday after a sex scandal involving his relationship with an employee in the department's internal-affairs unit. At a news conference, Mayor Dave Bing announced that Godbee, who had been under suspension in connection with the scandal, had decided to retire immediately. Godbee has been in the job since 2010, replacing former chief Warren Evans, who was forced out in part because of a sex scandal. Bing said Godbee told him of his decision during a meeting Sunday.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who made waves last year when he announced in the New York Times Magazine that he was an illegal immigrant, won't be targeted by immigration officials after a Minnesota traffic stop. Vargas, 31, was arrested in Minneapolis on Friday when an officer pulled him over for driving with headphones, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Vargas, founder of the Define American movement, was in town to give a talk at Carleton College. He never gave it. That's because Vargas' license turned out to be canceled, at which point police called immigration officials and Vargas was arrested, according to the Star Tribune.
NEWS
August 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Six Detroit police officers were indicted on charges of robbing and beating people on the streets of their precinct and hoarding money, guns and drugs from illegal searches of suspected drug houses. The officers were charged with federal civil rights conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of guns taken from robbers, burglars, drug dealers and other criminals have been melted down into steel. Detroit police took 5,037 guns that had jammed their property room to the Rouge Steel Co. plant in Dearborn, where they were turned into recycled steel. Some of the guns dated to the 1970s.
NEWS
February 19, 1993 | From Associated Press
Police on Thursday were holding the parents of seven children who died in a fire after being left alone in a house with barred windows, while investigators tried to determine what started the blaze. The children, ages 7 months to 9 years, died from asphyxiation in Wednesday's fire in the two-story wooden house on Detroit's east side, Fire Marshal Richard Milliner said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1993
As the trial of Detroit police officers accused of using excessive force nears completion, Los Angeles officials are bracing for the possibility of trouble. According to an internal Los Angeles Police Department memo obtained by The Times, representatives of the Detroit Police Department will notify local authorities when a verdict is imminent. The Detroit case stems from the beating of Malice Green, a young black man who died as a result of his injuries.
NEWS
December 19, 1989 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a widening scandal that has rocked the Detroit Police Department, federal investigators are probing whether cash from a million-dollar secret police fund earmarked for narcotics investigations went to pay the rent on the posh Beverly Hills home of the daughter of Detroit's police chief. The apparent diversion occured at a time when Detroit police were so short of cash that undercover officers were paying for street-level buys of crack cocaine out of their own pockets.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2003 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators named an outside monitor Thursday to oversee the Detroit Police Department for at least five years. The move follows a 30-month investigation that turned up many problems, including the improper use of deadly force. The Justice Department conducted the review after protests over several police shootings. Sheryl L.
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October 8, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, This story has been corrected. Please see note below for details.
Ralph Godbee Jr. stepped down as Detroit's police chief Monday after a sex scandal involving his relationship with an employee in the department's internal-affairs unit. At a news conference, Mayor Dave Bing announced that Godbee, who had been under suspension in connection with the scandal, had decided to retire immediately. Godbee has been in the job since 2010, replacing former chief Warren Evans, who was forced out in part because of a sex scandal. Bing said Godbee told him of his decision during a meeting Sunday.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Detroit's police chief is again embroiled in a sex scandal, the latest such affair to hit the beleaguered city's cops. On Tuesday, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing formally suspended Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. amid reports that he had an affair with a female police officer. It was the second such allegation against Godbee since taking the post in 2010. Godbee was brought in to replace former Police Chief Warren Evans, who was forced to resign after he was featured in a promo for a reality television program and had a relationship with the department's Lt. Monique Patterson.
NEWS
July 18, 2012 | By John Adams
As the Angels hitters crushed home run after home run off Tigers' pitching Tuesday, Detroit police scoured Comerica Park for an explosive device after receiving an anonymous threat. The nearly 34,000 fans sat and watched the Angels overpower the Tigers , 13-0. All the while, police and Tigers security personnel were conducting a three-hour search throughout the stadium. Police said the call came in at 8 p.m. EDT, nearly an hour after the game had begun, but would not discuss why there was no announcement made to fans or players during the game and why no evacuation attempt was made.
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July 9, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Detroit police are investigating a shooting death in which they believe a woman dancing behind an off-duty officer accidentally set off the gun holstered on his waist. Adaisha Miller, 24, was dancing at a fish fry party outside the officer's house in Detroit, police said. She apparently tugged at his waist, where his department-issue .40-caliber Smith & Wesson was concealed in a holster. Police said he was facing away from her and never touched the gun before it went off, hitting her in the lung and the heart.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a shooting victim's statement to the police at a crime scene can be used in court, even if the victim later dies and cannot testify at a trial. The 6-2 decision retreats somewhat from recent rulings by the high court that the Constitution strictly forbids prosecutors from using "hearsay" statements to the police unless the witness testifies. The 6th Amendment says an accused person has a right to be "confronted with the witnesses against him. " Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative, has been the court's foremost champion of a suspect's right to confront his or her accusers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2010 | By Mike Rubin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Inside a Detroit police precinct, an African American lieutenant wearily addresses an off-screen documentary crew. She stands beside an enormous dry-erase board full of tiny red and black names representing murder victims. "They don't make felt markers that write any smaller so we've sort of hit capacity," she says of the cluttered board. "Get 'em solved, make room for the next one. " She tilts her head in a half-hearted shrug, then adds, "We might be the last assembly line in Detroit.
NEWS
November 7, 1992 | DONALD WOUTAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that ominously resembled the 1991 attack on Rodney G. King, Detroit police said Friday that a 35-year-old black motorist was beaten to death by two white Detroit officers while five other officers looked on. Police Chief Stanley Knox angrily announced the suspension of all seven officers without pay and called the attack a "disgrace." He said arrest warrants were being sought against the officers. The dead man was identified as Malice Wayne Green of Detroit.
NEWS
December 24, 1992 | EDWARD WALSH, THE WASHINGTON POST
A Michigan judge on Wednesday ordered three former Detroit police officers to stand trial on criminal charges in connection with the beating death last month of a black man, but he dismissed a charge of involuntary manslaughter against a former sergeant who was the only black defendant in the case. The ruling by U.S. District Chief Judge Alex J. Allen Jr.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Police in Detroit have ruffled some feathers after they cracked down on an organized pillow fight at a downtown park. The Detroit News reports that police at Campus Martius Park prevented the feathery fight Saturday by disarming pillow-toting participants. The bout was part of a worldwide event organized on social networking websites. Michael Davis, 32, of Hamtramck said police confiscated his pillows but returned their cases. Detroit police spokesman James Tate says cleanup was the issue.
NEWS
April 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rapper Proof fired the first bullet in a Detroit nightclub shootout that ended his life, police said Wednesday. The bullet hit Keith Bender, 35, in the head, critically injuring him early Tuesday at the C.C.C., a bar in a strip of businesses along Eight Mile, the road made famous in Eminem's movie of the same name, "8 Mile." Proof, a member of D12 and whose real name was Deshaun Holton, was taken to a nearby outpatient treatment center by a private car, where he was pronounced dead.
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