Four Slain During Detroit’s ‘No Crime Day’
DETROIT (AP) _ Four people, including a policeman, were slain during the city’s ″No Crime Day,″ but organizers of the event rallied residents with calls to put fear in the hearts of criminals.
Three of those slain were shot and the fourth stabbed on Saturday, which also saw 11 non-fatal shootings and a stabbing that left the victim in critical condition.
Officer Everett Williams Jr., 33, was shot when he and his partner, both in uniform, were investigating a break-in. A man was in custody, but had not been charged by Sunday night, police said.
Williams, a Detroit policeman for 12 years, was the fourth officer to die on duty this year.
The shooting appeared to be an accident, Mayor Coleman Young told a news conference following a ″No Crime Day″ march and rally downtown.
Despite the officer’s death, thousands of people marched and hundreds listened and cheered as basketball star Isiah Thomas said it was time to put fear in criminals’ hearts.
″Just as they put the fear in your heart, you can put the fear in their hearts by simply sticking together,″ Thomas said in a speech at Hart Plaza, where an off-duty state trooper was shot last year.
The Detroit Pistons guard had a message for drug dealers.
″If you care, and if you’ve got a decent bone in your body ... you cannot send a 12-year-old, a 13-year-old a 9-year-old on a drug run,″ he said. ″If you want to be dirty, be dirty, but ... don’t make our kids dirty, too″
Last year there were 58.2 homicides per 100,000 people in Detroit - the highest rate in the nation, according to the FBI. During the first eight months of this year, there were 314 non-accidental fatal shootings, according to statistics compiled by the Detroit Free Press.