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Post by Will Williams » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:23 pm ... indle.html

Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans Dwindle
By Chris Christoff - Aug 21, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Video: Detroit Dominated by Pitbulls as 50K Dogs Roam Free

As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing humans who remain and overwhelming the city’s ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths.

Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) –- Thousands of stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing people who remain and overwhelming the city's ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths. Bloomberg's Kevin Thrash reports.

Dens of as many as 20 canines have been found in boarded-up homes in the community of about 700,000 that once pulsed with 1.8 million people. One officer in the Police Department's skeleton animal-control unit recalled a pack splashing away in a basement that flooded when thieves ripped out water pipes.

SLIDESHOW: Detroit's Abandoned Dogs

“The dogs were having a pool party,” said Lapez Moore, 30. “We went in and fished them out.”

Poverty roils the Motor City and many dogs have been left to fend for themselves, abandoned by owners who are financially stressed or unaware of proper care. Strays have killed pets, bitten mail carriers and clogged the animal shelter, where more than 70 percent are euthanized.

“With these large open expanses with vacant homes, it’s as if you designed a situation that causes dog problems,” said Harry Ward, head of animal control.

The number of strays signals a humanitarian crisis, said Amanda Arrington of the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington. She heads a program that donated $50,000 each to organizations in Detroit and nine other U.S cities to get pets vaccinated, fed, spayed and neutered.

Arrington said when she visited Detroit in October, “It was almost post-apocalyptic, where there are no businesses, nothing except people in houses and dogs running around.”

“The suffering of animals goes hand in hand with the suffering of people.”

She said pet owners who move leave behind dogs, hoping neighbors will care for them. Those dogs take to the streets and reproduce. Compounding that are the estimated 70,000 vacant buildings that provide shelter for dogs, or where some are chained without care to ward off thieves, Ward said.

Most strays are pets that roam, often in packs that form around a female in heat, Ward said. Few are true feral dogs that have had no human contact.

Ward said Detroit’s three shelters -- his and two non-profit facilities -- take in 15,000 animals a year, including strays and pets that are seized or given up by owners.
Fearing Humans

They are among the victims of a historic financial and political collapse. Detroit, a former auto manufacturing powerhouse, declared the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy on July 18 after years of decline. The city has more than $18 billion in long-term debt and had piled up an operating deficit of close to $400 million. Falling revenue forced cutbacks in police, fire-fighting -- and dog control.

With an annual budget of $1.6 million, Ward has four officers to cover the 139-square-mile (360-square-kilometer) city seven days a week, 11 fewer than when he took command in 2008. He has one dog-bite investigator, down from three.

“We are really suffering from fatigue, short staffed” and work too much overtime, he said in an interview.

The officers, who wear bulletproof vests to protect themselves from irate owners, are bringing in about half the number of animals that crews did in 2008, Ward said.

In July, the pound stopped accepting more animals for a month because the city hadn’t paid a service that hauls away euthanized animals for cremation at a cost of about $20,000 a year. The freezers were packed with carcasses, and pens were full of live animals until the bill was paid.

Famous Fighter

Pit bulls and breeds mixed with them dominate Detroit’s stray population because of widespread dog fighting, said Ward. Males are aggressive in mating, so they proliferate, he added.

One type of fighting pit bull has become known as far as Los Angeles as the “Highland Park red,” named after a city within Detroit’s borders, Ward said.

Their prevalence was clear as Ward and officers Moore and Malachi Jackson answered calls Aug. 19. On a block where vacant houses and lots outnumbered occupied ones, they found four dogs in an abandoned house -- a male and three females, including a pregnant pit bull with a prized blue-gray coat.

Ward said it appeared the dogs were fed by someone who used the house to hide stolen items.

Walking Small

Aggressive dogs force the U.S. Postal Service to temporarily halt mail delivery in some neighborhoods, said Ed Moore, a Detroit-area spokesman. He said there were 25 reports of mail carriers bitten by dogs in Detroit from October through July. Though most are by pets at homes, strays have also attacked, Moore said.

“It’s been a persistent problem,” he said.

Mail carrier Catherine Guzik told of using pepper spray on swarms of tiny, ferocious dogs in a southwest Detroit neighborhood.

“It’s like Chihuahuaville,” Guzik said as she walked her route.

At two nearby homes, one pet dog was killed recently and another injured by two stray pit bulls that jumped fences into yards, said neighbor Debora Mattie, 49.

Last year, there were 903 dog bites in Detroit, according to Ward, adding that most go unreported to police. He said 90 percent are by dogs whose owners are known.

After Attack

Many de facto strays are called pets by owners who let them wander, said Kristen Huston, who leads the Detroit office of All About Animals Rescue, a non-profit that obtained the Humane Society’s $50,000 grant last year to feed, vaccinate and sterilize pets. Some dogs run away from their neighborhoods and threaten people, she said.

“Technically, it’s illegal to let a dog roam, but with the city being bankrupt, who’s going to do anything about it?” Huston said.

Huston said she walks through some of the poorest neighborhoods to talk to pet owners about how to care for their animals, sometimes giving them bags of food or even a free doghouse.

Ward said more needs to be done to educate pet owners. He said his crews are too few, but help keep dogs in check.

Four months ago, a woman sitting on her porch on the east side was attacked by two strays that tore off her scalp, Ward said.

“We got those dogs,” he said. “It’s a big difference to that lady that those dogs were gone that day.”

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Kwame M. Kilpatrick, Former Detroit Mayor, Sentenced to 28 Years in Corruption Case
Published: October 10, 2013

DETROIT — Kwame M. Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, stood before a federal judge on Thursday and apologized for putting the people of his city through a corruption scandal so vast that prosecutors say it helped accelerate Detroit’s march toward bankruptcy.

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A courtroom sketch of former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick on Thursday in Detroit. His political career once seemed destined for the national stage.

They were solemn words from the formerly boisterous figure, a bear of a man at 6 feet 4 inches who many believed would lead Detroit out of its long economic downturn. But on Thursday he stood slouched, wearing a tan prison uniform instead of the flashy suits he once favored. Court officers replaced the entourage of bodyguards that used to follow him around. The diamond that once studded his ear, an emblem of his reputation as the “hip-hop mayor,” was gone.

Then, declaring an end to the bribery and thieving that marked the Kilpatrick administration, Judge Nancy G. Edmunds of United States District Court imposed the sentence prosecutors had sought: 28 years in prison.

Mr. Kilpatrick, 43, was convicted in March of two dozen counts that included charges of racketeering and extortion, adding his name to a list of at least 18 city officials who have been convicted of corruption during his tenure. His punishment ranks among the harshest major state and local public corruption cases.

Lawyers for Mr. Kilpatrick said that they intend to file an appeal of the convictions and sentence.

The hearing came at a sobering moment for the city he once led, which is now remaking itself in bankruptcy court as residents wrestle over whom to blame for the fiscal mess. For Detroiters, Mr. Kilpatrick’s meteoric fall — from potential savior of a struggling city to prison-bound symbol of financial mismanagement — may be the closest they will get to holding past leaders accountable for decades of disappointment and poor fiscal decisions.

“He’s become the poster child of what went wrong with the city and why it went bankrupt,” said Adolph Mongo, a political consultant who worked for Mr. Kilpatrick’s re-election campaign. But it was unfair to pin the city’s problems on any single elected leader, he said.

“It was a house of cards,” added Mr. Mongo about Detroit’s fiscal health. “Kilpatrick was the last card. He fell, and it knocked everything down.”

Joseph Harris, a former auditor general for the city during Mr. Kilpatrick’s first term, said that the former mayor was just one in a string of leaders who failed to fully address the crisis of a shrinking tax base amid growing employee health care and pension costs.

Mr. Kilpatrick also increased the city’s debt obligations to fill budget gaps while he was in office. A $1.44 billion borrowing deal he brokered in 2005 to restructure the city’s pension liabilities, though applauded by many at the time, added to the city’s estimated $18 billion in long-term liabilities.

At 31, Mr. Kilpatrick became the youngest person to hold the city’s top position when he was first elected in 2001. He brought new attractions to the city’s riverfront and much-needed business investment downtown. But scandals dogged his nearly seven years in office, ultimately ending a political career that had once seemed destined for the national stage.

In 2008, Mr. Kilpatrick resigned after he lied under oath during a police whistle-blower lawsuit and approved an $8.4 million settlement to try to cover it up. After pleading guilty to charges of obstruction of justice, Mr. Kilpatrick served four months in jail and was ordered to pay $1 million to the city. He was soon behind bars again for hiding assets from the court and telling a judge that he could afford to pay only $6 a month in restitution.

The former mayor and Bobby W. Ferguson, a city contractor and a friend, were indicted in 2010 on sweeping federal corruption charges. All told, prosecutors contend that Mr. Ferguson received $73 million worth of city contracts as a result of an extortion scheme that involved Mr. Kilpatrick, netting $9.6 million in illegal profit. Mr. Ferguson was convicted of nine counts and will be sentenced on Friday.

“The amount of crime, it was astonishing and it had a huge impact on this city,” Mark Chutkow, one of the prosecutors, said as he left the courthouse on Thursday.

Mr. Kilpatrick’s lawyer, Harold Z. Gurewitz, who pushed for a sentence of no more than 15 years, argued in court that Mr. Kilpatrick was being unfairly targeted as a scapegoat for Detroit’s insolvency, with people trying to “send him out with the sins of the city over the last 50 years.” The sentence, he said in an interview later, was tougher than necessary and stiffer than some people get for violent crimes.

Among some of the highest penalties for recent public corruption convictions, James C. Dimora, former commissioner of Cuyahoga County in Ohio, was sentenced last year to 28 years in prison for racketeering and bribery. A year before, Rod R. Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for convictions that included trying to sell the Senate seat President Obama left open when he went to the White House.

In her ruling on Thursday, Judge Edmunds said her decision was another strong warning to elected officials.

“That way of business is over,” she said. “We’re done. We’re moving forward.”

Judge Edmunds agreed to recommend that Mr. Kilpatrick serve his prison term in Texas, where his family now lives.
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Post by Will Williams » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:36 am

Three triple homicides in one week

Family loses three members in deadly Detroit barbershop shooting
By: Kimberly Craig

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Elaine Williams [no relation to this WB poster] could only describe the feeling as "twisted" when she learned that her son, brother and nephew were the three men killed in Wednesday's shooting at Al's Barbershop on Detroit's east side.

Joezell Williams, 61, was visiting the barbershop Wednesday along with his son, Kevin Perryman, and nephew, Brian Williams, when a gunman pulled up in the rear of the location and opened fire.

RELATED| Reward offered after deadly shooting at barbershop, 3 people were killed and 6 people were wounded

Witnesses say a small crowd of people that were standing near the back of the barbershop ran then crawled looking to escape out of the front of the building.

Detroit Police say nine people were shot.

A brother of Joezell Williams was also shot, but survived.

Read more: ... and-nephew

Note!: About this incident and two more Detroit shootings, from the Huffington Post:
The working definition of a mass shooting requires a single instance where four or more victims are killed. These three triple homicides last week in Detroit don't technically qualify. Detroit Police Chief James Craig, the fourth cop to head the city's police department in five years, has his own name for these brutal acts that have claimed almost 300 lives so far this year in Detroit: "urban terrorism."[/i]

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Post by Will Williams » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:18 pm

More about this act of so-called Negro "vigilantism":

Justice, Detroit Style
By TR Clancy
April 7, 2014

Let’s get one thing straight: the savage mob attack on a white motorist in Detroit by a dozen or more black men on Wednesday was not a “vigilante style” attack.

Yet that’s what Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones are trying to call it in a joint statement meant to play down the unavoidable racial element. Says their statement:

Earlier this week, a traffic accident that injured a young boy, David Harris, escalated into a vicious attack on the driver of the vehicle, Steve Utash, who had done the right thing by stopping to check on the boy. This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated.

If you haven’t heard about this, 10-year-old Harris, who is black, received minor injuries when he stepped into the street and was struck by Utash’s pickup. Utash, who is white, stopped immediately to check on the boy. From the beginning, the police have maintained that Utash was not at fault and had done absolutely nothing wrong.

But none of that mattered for at least a dozen or more loitering males, and perhaps as many as 30, all of whom are believed to be black, who attacked Utash, beat him within an inch of his life, and then robbed him. Right now Utash is in critical condition, in a medically induced coma.

No one seriously regards this as a vigilante-style attack, or anything other than what it is – a black-on-white racial attack, no more deserving of the vigilante name than a Klan-era lynching. Detroit media cravenly refused until Friday to mention the racial makeup of the participants, until it became impossible to keep it secret any longer. On Thursday morning, the Detroit News was calling it an “apparent case of vigilante justice,” and Friday’s print-edition News headline again called it a “[v]igilante attack.”

Calling something “vigilante” is much less explosive than calling it racial. So in order to paint that label on this mayhem, Duggan, Roberts, and the media have to compare this to an actual vigilante attack that took place in Detroit last summer, pretending the two events are part of a pattern. But the comparison won’t work, and it only makes Wednesday’s attack look even more like exactly what it is. As reported in the Detroit News, in last July’s incident:

... a group of men on the city’s southwest side attacked a man with a baseball bat in July as he walked on Vernor Highway. The man was believed to be responsible for the rape of a 15-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

In that case, a 43-year-old man, who also suffers from a mental disability, was accused of luring the girl into his apartment and sexually assaulting her. The incident enraged residents, who spray-painted the word “Rapist” on the building where the suspect lived and distributed his picture throughout the community.

And just to clear this up, there is no pattern of vigilante attacks in Detroit; if there were, the media wouldn’t have to reach back nine months for the most recent instance of one.

More to the point, no one, including family members of the injured child, has dared to suggest publicly that Utash committed any similar crime to the ones allegedly committed by this other man. No one has suggested that Utash committed any crime at all, or that he was even the cause of the accident. Utash was attacked not because his "vigilante" attackers rightly or wrongly believed he was a criminal. He was attacked because his racist attackers hated him for being a white man who accidentally hit a black kid with his truck.

The spokesman for the Detroit police, Sgt. Michael Woody, seriously expects us to believe that, so far as the investigation has progressed, “it didn’t appear race was a factor.” Sounds sensible enough, so long as investigators factored out the facts of the black accident victim, the white motorist, and the bloodthirsty black men who did their best to kill the white motorist and then rob him. Woody admits they’re not ruling race out completely, “but no one has given us a statement that was indicative that this was a racially motivated crime or anything to that extent.” A statement? Don’t cops care about circumstantial evidence anymore? Do most hate crime investigations rely on assailants admitting their motives to police?

Trying a different tack, Sgt. Woody blames the attack on pent up frustration from the city enduring “a number of hit-and-runs lately.” Sounds sensible, except for this not being a hit-and-run. In fact, not running was the proximate cause for Utash’s presently being in a coma. Woody could more accurately say that a hit-and-run “didn’t appear to be a factor” in the attempted murder of Utash.

May I suggest that the members of this ad-hoc mob of neighborhood goons already harbored racial animus long before Utash’s pickup ever entered their neighborhood? May I suggest that, after a lifetime of being told by community leaders, schoolteachers, politicians, clergymen, and countless other role models, that every one of them is a victim of racial injustice, and every one of them is righteously entitled to racial justice “by any means necessary” – that these punks spotted a chance for racial vengeance and took it?

Well, it’s kind of raw and ugly to put it that way. And it says more about what’s really going on in Detroit than just a lot of cool restaurants opening up downtown.

What happened in Detroit on Wednesday is that a black child was hurt accidentally by a white man, and then a gang of racist thugs almost killed him, driven by blind, insane revenge.

Mayor Duggan knows this but can’t say so, because his politics won’t let him. He’s the first white mayor in majority-black Detroit in 40 years, and he has to watch his step. As for the police and the prosecutor, I appreciate that they can’t make public declarations about motive yet, as they’ll eventually have to make a case in court on the evidence; they’re not free as others are to call this ugly thing what it is.

But just because officials and media folks can’t come right out and call this what they know it is, doesn’t mean they get to call this what they already know it’s not. No one has any right to label this as a case of vigilante justice when it so obviously is nothing of the kind.

Calling for calm and patience is one thing, but lying about this only compounds the crime. Okay, so Duggan and Jones are politicians, this is Detroit, and we can hardly expect anything else.

But the media lying about it?

Shame, shame, shame. ... style.html

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Post by Will Williams » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:23 pm

Some remarkable photos of the rapid deterioration of Detroit neighborhoods:



Looks like the scrappers got the aluminum siding and no telling what else from that one. More examples here: ... -pictures/

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