Detroit Mayor Won’t Explain Firing of Top Cop

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick denied reports of his staging a wild party that included illegal activities, but he didn’t explain the dismissal of a senior police official who was investiating possible wrongdoing in the city administration.

The Detroit Free Press quoted Kilpatrick as saying that the just had returned from Washington, D.C. with $12.2 million for homeland security. But he provided no specifics about why he fired Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown, except to say that Brown had violated the chain of command.

Brown had a mixed record, the Detroit News said. He s[ent 14 of his 26 years at the Detroit Police Department in narcotics enforcement, where he rose to lieutenant. He was hailed as a hero when he was shot in a drug raid in 1992.

But court records show that Brown was in charge of a drug squad whose brutal handling of residents cost Detroit about $700,000 in lawsuit settlements.


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