The memo is clear — remove all televisions from working areas — but the picture gets fuzzy when officials are asked to explain why the sets have been carted out from several Detroit police district stations over the past week, reports the city’s Free Press. Cmdr. John Serda issued a memo ordering that all televisions should be removed from working areas by Friday. “This includes TV sets in the Lieutenants & Sergeants Offices, Timekeeping Office, at the front desk and … any other working area not listed,” Serda wrote.
Police officials said TVs have been ordered removed from other district stations, as well. District commanders declined to explain. Assistant Chief Robert Dunlap said in a prepared statement that the issue came up last week during a meeting with deputy chiefs. But several police officials say the scuttlebutt around the department is that Dunlap issued the order after learning some officers watched and cheered during the TV broadcast when Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced criminal charges against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff.