The City of Detroit is in dire straits. It recently even had to file for bankruptcy protection in an effort to restructure and attempt to salvage a budget for city services. Now it seems that the city’s own law enforcement are taking matters into their own hands: some of them are allegedly pulling people over and robbing them!
One of the safety topics often covered in driver’s education programs is about how young women needs to be careful when out by themselves. In the past, bad men would fake being police officers and pull over these unsuspecting women. Sometimes they would be robbed, raped or murdered. It is a serious topic, because we are all trained to stop for law enforcement. We often do not think that the police officers pulling us over could possibly be fake.
The alleged criminals in Detroit have taken this one step further. A police sergeant was arrested for allegedly participating in a series of “fake cop” robberies on the east side of Detroit.
So how does one get caught? A citizen took a picture of what appeared to be the fake robbers, and the television aired the photos. What followed can only be defined as strange…
“Several unidentified police officers were working this particular robbery case, recognized one of the suspects in the photographs as being a member of the Detroit Police Department,” Chief James Craig said Monday.
The Fox 2 Detroit article continues and states that a second police sergeant was also arrested for his alleged participation in the crime spree.
Seriously, we do not condone not pulling over for police, but this recent spree of crime in Detroit is only going to make the citizens there trust the city even less. That does not bode well for a city that is attempting to make an economic recovery.