DETROIT, MI – On February 23rd of 2016, Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig implemented a committee designed to alleviate and resolve racial tension within the Detroit Police Department.
This program, known as C.O.R.E. (Committee on Race and Equality) is comprised of a members of the department from the rank of Officer to Lieutenant as well as their civilian counterparts.
C.O.R.E. was headed by Co-Chairpersons and Veteran Officers John Bennett and Joseph Weekley who were to lead conversations and provide insight concerning perceived inequalities within commands. These conversations were to be confidential in nature and the participants were to remain anonymous.
However, without the board’s involvement or knowledge, one of the Co-Chairpersons conducted an assessment regarding racial tension within each Precinct. The results of this assessment were nothing more than unsubstantiated claims of racial bias and unfair treatment by some members of the Department. Chief Craig received a copy of this report which he believed to be confidential, as the allegations against the members named, were based on rumors and they had not received due process.
It has been brought to the department’s attention by media partners that this Co-Chairpersons intent was to release this report and the names of the accused members. The Detroit Police Department has a zero tolerance for any types of bias by its members or anyone involved with the department. The Command staff members of the Detroit Police
Department are obligated to report and take action if race biased conduct is reported to them.
The C.O.R.E. committee is embraced by members of the department and will continue to be part of the courageous conversations required to be a department of excellence.