October 8, 2012 |
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.
October 3, 2012 |
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.
July 18, 2012 |
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.
July 9, 2012 |
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.
March 1, 2011 |
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.
September 12, 2010 |
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.