Detroit Chief Cites New Era Of Community Cooperation


Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said his department plans to unite with citizen groups like Detroit 300 and other agencies to bring down criminals like the suspected east side serial rapist, calling it a new era of crime-fighting in the city, says the Detroit News. Godbee pointed to community patrols by the Detroit 300 community group, which formed this summer, as a factor in stopping a man they believe raped seven women and attacked an eighth over the first two weeks of this month.

“This is a moment in history when people in Detroit said enough is enough,” Godbee said of the Jan. 19 arrest. “It is a different day in Detroit.” Raynard Deshawn Coleman, 31, is jailed on numerous sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery charges stemming from five of the attacks and one attempted assault. Godbee said the partnership between Detroit 300 and police officers working around the clock yielded the arrest.The Minister Malik Shabazz, a member of the Detroit 300, said the patrols were needed because police officers can't be expected to solve crimes without community support.


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