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May 19, 2022

Rise in Police Killings, Racist Incidents Sparks Renewed Call for Federal Oversight of Detroit Police Department

DETROIT - Today the Coalition for Police Transparency and Accountability (CPTA) sent a letter to the Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the U.S. Department of Justice, requesting a federal investigation of a pattern of killings and excessive force by the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and an institutional culture within the DPD that promotes violence and racial discrimination within the DPD and against members of the community.

The CPTA sent the letter on the 97th birthday of Malcolm X, citing 780 cases of resident complaints of excessive police force showing a 25 percent rise in excessive force since 2020, at the time of the daily marches against police violence in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others.