The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

When the Police Are the Gang to Fear

Mar 29, 2010

The people who packed the Board of Police Commissioners meeting described what took place on their block as a “night of terror” – the gang was “getting out of hand.”

But they weren’t there to testify about a gang of young thugs terrorizing their neighborhood. They were there to witness against the Detroit Police Gang Squad.

Last week’s meeting came in the wake of a March 18th incident, when two members of the Gang Squad approached the grandfather of an 8-year-old whose 911 call reporting the murder of her mother had made headlines the week before. According to the man, Gerald Evans, they asked him what he was doing, and “then, for no reason, they put me in handcuffs and started beating me.” He went on to detail his beating. And then his son testified about how he was beaten after asking why they were beating his father.

This is not the first or second incident of the Gang Squad acting like thugs against the communities they supposedly are there to protect. The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, headed by Ron Scott, has documented these attacks one after the other.

The Gang Squad is the most vicious gang in Detroit.