In response to a deadly officer-involved shooting last week, Detroit Police Chief James White suspended two officers and one supervisor. Another supervisor was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
” As I review what happened last Thursday, I have concerns about the implementation of a number of policies,” said White about his decision.
In his recommendation to the board, Chief White recommends that the suspensions should be without pay.
In an effort to negotiate with a woman who was believed to be suffering from a mental health crisis, police officers arrived near Meyers and Midland.
During the press conference, Chief White played the 9-1-1 call in which the woman’s mother explained that her daughter had multiple weapons and allegedly assaulted a child.
According to her, the woman also had a gun.
When police officers arrived at the scene, they knew there were children inside.
Despite attempts to deescalate the situation, officers entered when the woman opened the door, and she allegedly reached for a gun before being shot dead.
According to Detroit Police Chief James White, protecting children is their top priority when they are at risk, but the investigation is still ongoing.
It appears that the grandmother was able to get the children out of the house safely, according to police.
There are many aspects of what transpired that police are reviewing.
According to Chief White, he took disciplinary action today because he had concerns with supervisors’ handling of the case.
“I need leaders at all times to lead in this line of work,” said Chief White.
Just over a month ago, Detroit police shot and killed Porter Burks during a mental health call.
A $50 million lawsuit has now been filed by his family against the city and five officers.
Burks was shot 19 times by officers when he moved toward them with a knife.