Detroit Police Chief James Craig says when it comes to violent crimes, witnesses refusing to talk to the police doesn’t keep investigators from doing their job. Craig made the remarks during an afternoon news conference.
The chief says in the last ten days the city has seen an uptick in violent crime, particularly at block parties with more than 200 people in attendance.
He says the department is undeterred.
“We will continue our enforcement whether or not we get the cooperation,” Craig says. “Yes, we will continue to urge the public support and public’s help because we as law enforcement cannot do it alone. We’re certainly working with our federal partners; we’re working with the state police. We will eradicate the violence.”
Craig says despite the lack of community help in recent days the police force still has a good relationship with Detroiters.
He says it’s rare that with the large scale events of the past week there have not been any tips from the community.