The Intersection: Police and Community Relations in Detroit [TIMELINE]

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Nearly 50 years after a police raid at 12th and Clairmount streets ignited violence and carnage, WDET and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative are continuing to explore whether the conditions that helped produce the civil unrest in July 1967 have improved for Detroit residents.

One of those is police and community relations. Click here to visit the chapter landing page at The Intersection project.

Poor relations between police and city residents were cited by the  “Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders” published in 1968. Commonly known as the “Kerner Commission Report,” the document was the result of a presidentially appointed panel looking at urban violence around the country. 

Here are some of WDET’s conversations and findings about police and community relations in Detroit:

A Detroit Today Conversation: How Detroit’s community relations have evolved since the tensions of the 1960s

A Reflection on Policing: As police chief, deputy mayor and city resident, Ike McKinnon has seen the decades bring change to Detroit

The Complicated Conversation about Police and Community: A retired officer talks about the complexities of community policing

A Listener Asks: Why do police shoot to kill?

Southfield Police Department Looking to Put Out Fires Before They Start


All of the work of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative partners can be found here.

Image credit: Victoria Pickering/Flickr

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.



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