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Detroit police chief Craig to discuss future after 8 years

May 8, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo, Detroit Police Chief James Craig addresses the media during Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's daily press briefing on the coronavirus in Detroit. Craig plans to talk to reporters Monday, May 10, 2021 amid speculation that he will retire after eight years and consider a turn to politics. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo, Detroit Police Chief James Craig addresses the media during Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's daily press briefing on the coronavirus in Detroit. Craig plans to talk to reporters Monday, May 10, 2021 amid speculation that he will retire after eight years and consider a turn to politics. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit police chief plans to talk to reporters Monday amid speculation that he will retire after eight years and consider a turn to politics.

James Craig told The Detroit News that he will hold a news conference Monday.

“I’m a lifelong public servant,” Craig said. “I want to continue to serve.”

The 64-year-old Detroit native has been chief since 2013. He returned home after a long police career in Los Angeles and short stints as chief in Cincinnati and Portland, Maine.

“He brought us a mighty long way,” activist Malik Shabazz said. “He brought energy, he brought new life, and he reached out to the community.”

Craig has a high public profile, regularly speaking to the news media and rarely dodging questions about police incidents, even unflattering ones.

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Detroit was an exception to the violent protests around the U.S. a year ago after the fatal shooting of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But the city was sued by activists who said officers used excessive force to keep protesters in line. A judge barred the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, batons and other tactics.

Republicans hope Craig decides to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, in 2022.

“Chief Craig would bring a whole new level of leadership that is exciting,” said Meshawn Maddock, co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party.