Let’s make a deal — News Hits is a little short on cash, so we thought we might kill a few people in the hope that the City of Detroit will pay us for it. Heck, it may work for Detroit police officer Eugene Brown, who shot nine people, killing three, in his nine years on the force.
The Detroit City Council announced last week that it is reviewing a $340,000 settlement the city offered Brown to drop three lawsuits he filed against the city. Brown, who claims the city defamed him and denied him due process, would quit the force, pockets bulging with cash.
Before signing off on the deal, however, council members want to eyeball a report written by former deputy police chief Walter Shoulders in 2000. Shoulders, now an assistant chief, re-investigated the fatal shootings by Brown. Because the Police Department has refused to release the document — believed to be critical of Brown — the council last week voted to subpoena it.
We say: It’s about damn time.
Also trying to obtain the report is Arnetta Grable, who is suing Brown for killing her 20-year-old son, Lamar. She has been waiting more than five years for her day in court — with no date in sight, according to her attorney, David Robinson. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Isidore B. Torres agreed to postpone the trial until the U.S. Justice Department completes a separate investigation of Brown. Torres is also refusing to provide the Shoulders report to Grable. Last month, Robinson appealed Torres’ suppression of the Shoulders report to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Unlike Torres, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Colombo did release the report to attorney Juan A. Mateo, who represents Sandra Miller, the wife of Darren Miller, another person Brown fatally shot. Unfortunately, Mateo is prohibited from discussing the report’s contents.
“But I’m pleased the City Council is making a serious effort to obtain it,” he says.
You’re not the only one, Mr. Mateo.Ann Mullen is a Metro Times staff writer. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org