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Detroit Police Chief takes Swift Action on Troubling Facebook Posts

DETROIT, MI – Detroit Police Chief James Craig today took steps against two of his officers after they allegedly posted inflammatory rants on Facebook.

The men and women of the Detroit Police Department take great personal pride in its continual efforts to build a strong, mutually supportive relationship with all members of the community.James Craig

Today Chief Craig took immediate action against two members of the Detroit Police Department as a result of social media posts that both officers are believed to have made that were overall offensive and unbecoming of any member of this department.

Detective Nate Weekly was de-appointed and returned to the rank of Police Officer, re-assigned and placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation regarding an inappropriate post on his Facebook Page. Internal Affairs is currently conducting an investigation that promises to be prompt and thorough to determine what further action, if any, may be warranted.

Prior to the press briefing this morning a second post was discovered that appeared on the Facebook Page of a Detroit Police Supervisor. As a result of his comments he was also re-assigned and placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation.

“Maintaining the trust our officers have earned with our citizens and the community they serve is vital in our ability to reduce crime and make our neighborhoods safer” said Chief James Craig. “I will not allow comments such as these to go unaddressed. We have made tremendous progress in our city and will not allow a few misguided statements and bad judgement, even if they come from members of my own department, to undermine that progress”.

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