Outrage over the fatal shooting of a 4-month-old Detroit boy has sparked an outcry for a crackdown on crime and moved a young mother to a tearful plea for the killers to turn themselves in, warning them, “God will get you.” The Detroit News said police have few leads in the death early Sunday of Walter Brogan III, who was shot in the head while he slept. Gunmen sprayed his mother’s second-floor apartment window with bullets. Police believe the shooting was the result of an argument between two groups of men.
Yesterday, new Police Chief James Barren said he is going back to a precinct-style department. “I think that’s very important for the community to have a precinct,” Barren told Detroit News reporting partner WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). “That is something I would like to see brought back in.” In 2005, then-Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings merged 12 precincts into six districts to save money. Meanwhile, Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers called for the death penalty for anyone who “kills a child in Michigan.” She said, “We go about our business in Detroit as if we are immune to the killing of our children. Two teenagers were gunned down last week, now a 4-month-old baby is murdered while asleep. If we are not mad as hell about this, we have lost our humanity.”