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Detroit Realities #679

The State of Michigan says Detroiters have 4 times the rate of HIV infections as the surrounding counties. There are 5,000 HIV cases in the city and health workers say there isn’t enough preventative education making it to people.

A Detroit police officer assaulted his girlfriend at a Detroit bar. Once outside, two good Samaritans intervened to protect her, he pulled a gun on them – causing them to flee and 911 to be called. The officer, Willie Fortner, was suspended. He is the 18th Detroit cop charged with a crime so far this year.

A big debate in Detroit is over Mayor Duggan’s expensive Project Green Light; the police-monitored real-time cameras at gas stations and businesses. The mayor claims it works great while the scientific data is inconclusive so far. Nowhere else do real-time cameras reduce crime, or nearly as much as increased police patrols and lighting. So, would Detroit be better off spending the hundreds of thousands on Green Light on more patrols? As more businesses are forced by the mayor into the program, the police need to keep increasing staff and infrastructure spending to keep up with it. Store owners paying for Green Light service say they haven’t seen any reduction in the number of their calls to 911.

And finally, in “It is a Darwin move to be anywhere near Detroit” news,

  • A friend said he was hit-up by a polite beggar in Detroit wearing a suit, only to see him in a fist-fight, a few moments later, with a man he called by name. The men are in their 60s and still can’t resolve a disagreement peacefully.
  • A 31-year-old tow-truck operator from Belleville was arrested for draining the bank account of a woman who died in a car crash on I-275 in Romulus.
  • On Sunday, there were 2 armed carjackings on Detroit’s west side. Both were robbed by masked men.
  • There was a double shooting on Sunday. It started with an argument between a couple, when the girlfriend’s cousin stepped up, pulled a gun and shot the boyfriend and another man. Both are expected to survive.

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