Inkster, Mi., Police Chief Hilton Napoleon has resigned after serving for three and a half years, reports the Detroit Free Press. He cited extreme working conditions and the the “senseless murder” of a two-year-old girl, Kamiya Gross. “The lack of resources and adverse working conditions has taken its toll on me,” Napoleon said. “Additionally, the recent senseless murder of a 2-year-old baby makes my decision that much easier.”
The resignation is effective today and comes nearly a month after he announced plans to pursue consolidating operations with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. The city of 25,000 is under a financial consent decree with the state and the police department employs about two dozen officers, down from about 60 in 2011. Kamiya was playing outside a home when she was shot in the head July 2. The triple shooting also left two of her relatives wounded. Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said the shooter wanted her death to be the last thing her father, also wounded in the shooting, ever saw. Napoleon said the shooting appeared to be retaliation for a shooting at an after-hours club in April. Raymone B. Jackson, 24, was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and torture.