Mayor Assails Plea Deals As Detroit Murders Rise

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After putting police on overtime for a month, holding community meetings, and staging prayer vigils, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick demanded that Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy stop plea-bargaining on gun crimes, says the Detroit Free Press. Worthy disagreed, meaning that two of Detroit’s top officials were squabbling after a day on which five people were killed in Detroit. Kilpatrick met last night with Worthy, Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins, and Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans.

“We can’t plea with people on guns,” the mayor said yesterday before the meeting. “We’re pleaing on guns now and that’s something we can’t do. . . . There’s no reason for a person to be walking around with an illegal gun.” Worthy replied: “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about or chooses not to believe or try to find out. It isn’t the plea policies.” She added, “You don’t solve it by locking up people who are not guilty and charging people unjustly or having an unfair, unrealistic, unjust plea policy.” As of yesterday, there had been 202 homicides this year in the city. Last year, there were 361, the fewest in 36 years.

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