The decline of the manufacturing businesses have left a once vibrant city to become a wasteland.
Neighborhoods of vacant house. The neighborhoods face a host of ills – crime, drugs, fires, health and safety issues.
Officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park.
With Police stretched beyond thin Detroit may becme a testing ground for a Robotic police force such as Boston Dynamics-built LS3 “Alphadog,”, Drones, and other robotic weapons used in by the U.S. military. Currently cities are acquiring military hardware. Austin, Texas currently patrols it air space with a green military Helicopter.
“Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed,” Iorio told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson. “The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.”
“These are the men and women who we look to protect us… and police officers can’t protect you if they’re not there. Officers are leaving simply because they can’t afford to stay in Detroit and work 12 hour shifts for what they are getting paid… These police officers are beyond demoralized, these officers are leaving hand over fist because they can no longer afford to stay on the department and protect the public,” he said.
Iorio cautions those who enter the city.
“The explosion in violent crime, the incredible spike in the number of homicides and for officers trying to work 12 hours in such deplorable, dangerous and war like conditions is simple untenable,” he said.
“By denying police officers the appropriate manpower, there’s a manpower crisis right now, there’s 1,000 fewer police officers today than there was 10 years ago, yet the homicide rate is higher. There’s more crime now than before, so if anything you need more officers, not fewer officers,” he said.
Detroit police Chief Ralph Godbee has stepped down after an internal affairs officer revealed that she and the chief had been conducting a sexual relationship with Angelica Robinson, the mayor announced Monday.