Detroit residents asked about last week’s shooting of a federal judge along with other neighborhood safety concerns last night in a “Call to Action” community discussion led by Police Chief James Craig., says the Detroit Free Press. U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg, 55, was shot last Thursday evening after retrieving a garbage bin from the curb. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for the men who attacked him.
Residents wondered whether Berg’s shooting might be connected to a recent string of robberies and home invasions in the area. Police said at least nine driveway robberies have been reported within the past few months. They are not believed to be related. Nearly 200 people packed the town hall meeting. “We’ve got to do something different,” Craig said. “When I think of eight home invasions in the last 30 days … This is not a quality of life that you want in an engaged community. You’re sick and tired and not going to put up with this any longer. If we have an engaged community where we’re working together, we’ll get it done. We’re going to change the conversation.” Craig said his department needs to become less reactive and more proactive in handling crime.