Who’s afraid of left-wing U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit? Not the city’s police chief, James Craig, that’s for sure.
A few months later, Tlaib told the chief that only black analysts should monitor the facial recognition system. But James — who is black — fired back at Tlaib and called her demand “disturbing” and “delusional.”
What’s up now?
Tlaib is now among a handful of lawmakers calling for a probe into what they characterize as officers’ use of “excessive force” on protesters, legal observers, and journalists during civil unrest this summer, the Detroit Free Press reported.
In a letter the lawmakers said protesters have the right to demonstrate without fear of violence, incarceration, or intimidation from law enforcement, the paper said, adding that they said an investigation is needed.
“The lack of accountability and urgency to investigate claims of excessive force and constitutional violations, coupled with a dismissive attitude of the movement for racial justice, has eroded public trust and community relationships,” the lawmakers stated, according to the Free Press. “Internal investigations by the Detroit Police Department cannot fix this.”
But Craig wasn’t having any of it.
“It’s unfortunate that these representatives have chosen to repeat a number of false claims in their letter without verifying the facts,” he shot back in a statement, the paper said. The chief noted that a civilian oversight body reviews complaints against officers in addition to the department’s internal affairs unit and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, the Free Press said.
“What really disturbs me is that when the protesters assaulted Detroit Police Officers with rocks, railroad spikes, and fireworks, never once did these representatives ask for an independent investigation into their violent criminal activity,” James added in his statement, the paper said.