Last evening, 5 protesters were detained when they blocked I-75 near Mack Ave in protest of the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. At one time, there were about 100 people in the freeway during rush hour. Detroit police responded by moving protesters out of the freeway and restoring the flow of traffic. Numerous other protests erputed throughout the city, at locations including Greektown, Campus Martius, I-94 and Gratiot and others.
Protests such as these have been popping up all over he country since Monday night, following the lead of the protests in Ferguson, MO.
I was browsing Amazon for something totally unrelated tonight when I came across a book called “Kwame Sutra” in the “Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed” section. The name of the book caught my attention, so I clicked on it. Seems like it might be an interesting read, as well as a few other books published about Detroit and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
I’m thinking about ordering numbers 1, 3, and possibly 5.
1. The Kwame Sutra: Musings on lust, life and leadership, from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
This book was written by 2 guys who work for the Detroit Free Press newspaper, covering him since 2002. It includes quotations, public pronouncements, candid asides, unscripted outbursts and secret text messages made by Kwame, many of which have never been published or released.
2. Surrendered: The Rise, Fall & Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick
This book received a lot of really bad reviews by those who bought it on Amazon. But what do you expect? It was written from Kwame’s point of view, and supposedly he tries to make himself out to be better than he really is. Pro-Kilpatrick propaganda as one person called it. And if you think the money will go to support Kwame, SUPPOSEDLY the judge residing over his legal case ordered that the proceeds of this book go to repay the city of Detroit. I don’t know if that went through officially though, because the lawyer for the publishing company never showed up for the court date!
3. Badge of Honor: Blowing the Whistle (The True Story of a Mayor’s Bodyguard)
Written by a former(?) Detroit police officer who became one of Mayor Kilpatrick’s bodyguards, later blowing the whistle on some of the crimes he committed while in office.
4. Kwame Kilpatrick: The Untold Story
This one is a DVD actually, but since it’s about Kwame I threw it in here for those who don’t want to read!
5. Detroit: An American Autopsy
Written by Detroit native and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff, this book had excellent reviews on Amazon. It covers the downfall of Detroit and paints a very dismal but true to life picture of the city.
This will come as no surprise to many, but once again Detroit has been named the most dangerous city in the united states by Forbes. There were 2,137 violent crimes committed for every 100,000 residents, compared to second place St. Louis at 1,857 per 100k. Forbes claims that Detroit’s numbers are so high due to gang related violence. See the complete top to list of America’s most dangerous cities below:
St. Louis, MO
I am surprised that Flint is not on this list this year as it has been ranking very high in years past.
I was watching the news last night when an interesting story about Detroit’s 911 call center came on. The following was taken from myfoxdetroit.com:
Inside Detroit’s 911 Call Center
By SIMON SHAYKHET
DETROIT – Most people will never get to see the inside of the Detroit 911 call center. So, what really happens when you call 911 from your phone? We’re asking the tough questions.
It can feel like a roller coaster. Thousands of calls for help pouring in every day.
“In 45 minutes, I’ve gotten a hundred calls,” said Annette Day.
She is one of the best. Day is also one of 16 to 20 working during a typical shift at the call center, which averages 1.7-million calls each year.
“I believe we have made several improvements over the past couple years, and we’ll continue to,” said Detroit Police Commander Russell Decrease.
The improvements, such as quality monitoring, come at a time of tough criticism; citizen reports of hour long waits and being placed on hold.
However, ask these workers and you get a different story. Their numbers show only 30-percent of the calls they get are actual emergencies. As for the rest…
“Of those 70-percent, over half of them are prank calls,” Decrease said.
Also, factor in the false alarms coming from businesses. Then consider a call on a stolen car competing with danger to human life.
“Every time another run comes in where somebody’s life or safety is in danger, that run is going to wait longer,” said Decrease. “If somebody gets the recording, they will hang up. When they hang up, they don’t realize that they instantly go to the back of the line again.”
“We do care about them. We are working hard here to help service them and get them the help they need,” Day said.
However, she admits they need more hands on deck.
“We don’t have enough operators. We don’t have enough police or EMS (techs),” said Day.
The city is hiring 15 more operators this month. They still claim a two to three minute dispatch time for life threatening calls, and less than ten minutes from that to a unit on scene anywhere.