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Michigan United Wants Power Restored to Detroit Board of Police Commissioners

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners could return to full power after a city council vote next week. The community group “Michigan United” is calling for the board to regain oversight of the police force.

The organization’s Elder Leslie says an empowered board will provide more transparency.

Being in the community, one of the things that we have heard as pastors is that we are hurting. Our children are being gunned down and whether it’s at the hand of an individual in the community or whether it’s at the hands of law enforcement. It’s almost like feeling like you’re living under a system that’s terrorizing you.

-Elder Leslie, Michigan United Clergy Organizer

The board lost power in Detroit’s bankruptcy agreement last year. Leslie says she expects the city council to pass the resolution next week.  

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