Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Demonstration Against the City of Detroit's Attempt to Halt the Enforcement of the Consent Decrees

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory

Event: Hearing on Federal Consent Decrees,
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Time: Court Hearing at 9:00 a.m.
Demonstration, Press Conference, 11:00a.m.
Sponsors: Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality
Contact: (313) 963-8116;

DCAPB Calls For Demonstration Against the City Administration's Attempt to Halt Enforcement of the Federal Consent Decrees

Since 2001, the Detroit Police Department has been under both a Department of Justice investigation along with two subsequent Federal Consent Decrees related to the use of lethal force and the deplorable conditions existing in the lock-up facilities.

In 2003 District Judge Julian Cook appointed Kroll Associates to monitor the city's compliance with the reforms ordered by the Consent Decrees. After four years the City of Detroit remains largely out of compliance with the changes ordered by the Consent Decrees.

On Thursday, July 26, a hearing will be held on the City's motion to undermine the changes mandated by the Consent Decrees. We are asking the public to attend this hearing and later demonstration beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Federal District Courthouse on Lafayette and Washington Blvd. A demonstration and press conference will be held after the hearing beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality seeks to point out the irony of the City's efforts in light of the 40th anniversary of the 1967 rebellion which was sparked by actions carried out by the police. In order to bring genuine peace and stability to Detroit, it is necessary rebuild confidence and credibility in police-community relations.

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