Chief Craig says Detroit Rep. Tlaib should resign after ‘no more police’ comment
DETROIT – – A tweet from a Detroit congressman targeting the police and demanding their abolition was pushed back across the board.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s criticism of the police in a tweet last week found little support from high-ranking figures including Senator Bernie Sanders and President Joe Biden.
Tlaib speaks after Biden, Sanders, Bill Maher and Chief Craig
Michigan Congressman Rashida Tlaib has come under fire from several national figures after she tweeted this week about the police abolition. President Joe Biden’s press secretary says the president disagrees with Tlaib’s position.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig had more to say on Sunday, arguing that she should resign.
“I would love to see her step down, I would give her a farewell party,” said Craig. “Let her go. Who does she speak for Charlie? Let me tell you that when you talk about abolishing the police, incarceration, and safe cities – what do the people of Detroit want?”
In an interview with FOX 2 during Let It Rip, Craig Tlaib admonished for her comments, building on previous criticisms of how he talks about law enforcement.
“If I made comments that were equivalent to yours, they would ask for my resignation,” said Chief Craig.
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Tlaib tweeted for the first time last week that there should be “no more policing, detention and militarization” after another black man was shot dead by a white policeman. This official says she mistakenly fired her gun at a person instead of her taser during a traffic obstruction. She has since resigned and has been charged with second degree manslaughter.
“It was not an accident. Police work in our country is inherently and deliberately racist. Daunte Wright has faced aggression and violence. I’m done with those who condone government-sponsored murder,” she wrote.
Tlaib’s office responded to the Detroit police chief’s comments: “It is disappointing and unproductive for Chief Craig to run to the cameras demanding the resignation of Congressman Tlaib. You’d think that Chief Craig had more important things to do,” read a statement from a spokesman from Tlaib’s office.
“Congresswoman Tlaib has the strong support of her district and has nowhere to go. She will continue to work on guidelines that address the systematic problems in our country and ensure that everyone feels safe and has the opportunity to flourish.”
Let it rip the weekend
Detroit police chief James Craigs says Rep. Rashida Tlaib should resign after she got rid of the police.
Tlaib had clarified her initial comments days after her first tweet, arguing that she “understood that many are concerned about public safety, but it is clear that more investment in police, detention and criminalization will not bring security”.
During an event promoting the increase in the minimum wage, she continued to respond over the weekend, saying that society could not fix its problems. “This is not the way to approach that.”
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Last summer, many called for police reform after George Floyd was killed by a white Minnesota police officer. One of the more radical proposals was to exonerate the police.
Detroit police backed up violently against these calls, and their boss argued that the majority of the community supported them and that activists only made people more angry.