Detroit Mayor Says City Doesn’t Know ‘How to Stop’ Killings

May 20, 2010 - 9:58 AM
A particularly violent May has Detroit on edge and officials scratching their heads over how to quell the bloodshed, Mayor Dave Bing said Thursday.
Birmingham, Mich. (AP) - A particularly violent May has Detroit on edge and officials scratching their heads over how to quell the bloodshed, Mayor Dave Bing said Thursday.
 
Bing said the recent spate of slayings has been "very demoralizing," and Detroit doesn't know "how to stop it."
 
The Wayne County medical examiner has investigated about a dozen killings in the past couple of weeks, including the fatal shootings of two teenage boys, a 69-year-old grandmother and a police officer. Early Sunday, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed during a raid by Detroit police officers at her east side home.
 
"You've got individuals all over the city that are frustrated, that are angry, that have given up hope, and we've got a culture where it's like it's OK to do whatever you want to do, and it's not, and we've got to change that and that's not going to happen overnight," Bing said at a meeting of area leaders in Birmingham, Mich.
 
"It can't happen just from the administration or the police department. All of us (have) got to come to the table and try to solve this problem," he said.
 
Bing also commented on U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers' request to have the Justice Department review Stanley-Jones' death, saying his fellow Detroit Democrat's call "may be an overreaction," and that he would rather keep the investigation local.
 
Michigan State Police are investigating the shooting.