The cop on the beat
Regarding your report on the crime increase in Southwest Detroit (“Arrests trigger crime wave?,” Metro Times, Aug. 6-12), the people directly responsible are the ones who indicted the 17 officers. I’m talking about the feds, because they took the officers off the street who proactively patrolled the high crime areas of the precinct, and crime has gone wild.
Since June 1 we have had 17 nonfatal shootings, three murders and a handful of overdoses. This is an unbelievable amount of crime that could have been prevented, but the feds chose to believe convicted murderers, rapists and robbers.
The 17 officers were the ones who knew the players in the crime game; they knew who to go to when they need a crime solved. Since they've been suspended, the bad guys think it’s open game on the innocents. That’s why they were on special operations in the first place — they were the best of the best.
Now Southwest Detroit is a battlefield between rival gangs and dope dealers. Just when the only part of Detroit was thriving with business and neighborhoods, this mockery of justice couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Be safe, God bless and free the I-17. —Reymundo Silas, police officer, 4th Precinct, Detroit
Letter about letters
The two letters “Legalized racism” and “Cooking the books” bashing Keith A. Owens are very typical angry white male stuff I really don't understand (Metro Times, July 30-Aug. 5).
The concept of race was created by rich white Europeans and an American elite who basically raped and pillaged their way up the economic chain. Now you good ol’ boys are sitting back with arms folded attempting to live some wholesome lifestyle as if honor and fair play is the soup of the day. Years ago it was Indians, the blacks and Asians; now it's the Middle Easterners.
White people continue to deny property, power and status to nonwhite groups. And white Americans are so accustomed to being part of a privileged majority that they rarely think about it —Bruce Henry, email@example.com, Detroit
Don’t picture this
Re: “The better to appreciate its bodily fluid-inducing (as in sweat, tears or ...) fashion photography and design concepts” (“Detroit looks,” Metro Times, Aug. 6-12).
Thanks for not publishing photos of your writers any longer. To view George Tysh's mug alongside journalism like this would be too creepy for this reader to bear.—Luther Blissett, Detroit
I am glad to see Jack Lessenberry talk about the Kobe Bryant case (“Reporting rape & other follies,” Metro Times, July 30-Aug. 5).
I remember the William Kennedy Smith rape trial — well televised, protecting the "victim" who was sobbing so continuously and so unconvincingly that I wanted to kick her.
Then the feminists picketing Kennedy’s house and harassing him, having T-shirts made proclaiming his “crime.” And of course he didn’t do it. And we still don’t know the name of his false accuser. She merely ruined his life, and is probably a sick girl who needs treatment badly.
The fact is that women do this. They do it a lot. They always have.
But their feminist sisters decide if a woman makes such an accusation, then it is true. They continued to harass Kennedy way after he was found not guilty. But they bore no guilt themselves.
Everything you said is absolutely correct and you said it so well and with such intelligence that I had to express my admiration. —George Mazzei, FentonSend comments to firstname.lastname@example.org