Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Is this how Mr. Bush is going to make them streets safer?

Bush to Detroit: "Heh, heh...You vote democrat, you pay the fiddler!"

Ok, he really didn't say that but it sure seems like it. And I don't know about you but I picture Jon Stewart doing his "Bush impersonation" when I read that. Or this picture:

The Detroit Police Department will lay off at least 150 police officers and rearrange Detroit's twelve precincts into six district stations in a surprise move to reorganization all police services in the city and cut spending in the department by $20 million!

Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said the department will cut desk jobs and deploy about 100 more officers to street patrols daily, reports the Detroit News. It will eliminate some other divisions, bye bye horsies.

The $20 million savings is $34 million less than City Council ordered cut from the Police Department, however, and raises new questions about Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's overall plan to get rid of a $300 million budget deficit. Community activists were divided on the impact of the move. Ron Scott, a member of Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said the mayor's plan was a step in the right direction. "It's a mess," said Ilka LaPeer, president of Brightmore Concerned Citizens. "And response time is supposed to get better?"

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