The relationship between Detroit residents and the city’s police department has a complicated history. That relationship has been highlighted in recent days as protests against racism and police brutality have taken place around the world.
“We know Detroit had some big riots back in the day, what is keeping the tension down at this time?” — Bryce Huffman, BridgeDetroit
Bryce Huffman is a reporter for BridgeDetroit, a new non-profit news organization focused on examining issues that Detroiters identify as important to their lives. 101.9 WDET is a founding partner of BridgeDetroit.
“People from other states and other cities have been seeing pictures from riots in Grand Rapids and Minneapolis,” Huffman says. “We know Detroit had some big riots back in the day, what is keeping the tension down at this time?”
Huffman found that while Detroit Police Chief James Craig says community relations are strong, that hasn’t always been the case. Black officers Huffman spoke to told him stories about the racial terror white officers would deliver in the community, sometimes targeting members of the Black police officers themselves.
He spoke with Stephen Henderson about the story, elevating Black voices, and racial discrimination in policing.