Detroit’s retiring police chief says he’s “deeply passionate for public service” and spotlighted that he’s “not ruling out” launching a Republican challenge against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, who’s up for reelection next year.
James Craig spoke Monday as he announced his retirement after eight years as Detroit’s police chief and 44 years in law enforcement.
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Amid the many challenges facing police departments amid the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests that rocked the country over the past year over racial inequity and cases of police brutality against minorities, Craig emphasized that his is leaving “voluntarily.”
Craig started his policing career in Detroit before spending nearly three decades in Los Angeles and serving as police chief in Portland, Maine and Cincinnati, Ohio before returning to the city where he grew up. “It’s been a phenomenal journey and as I always say, the best part of my career’s been right here in the city of Detroit,” he said.
He touted his achievements during his tenure as chief, including creating a “real time crime center.” And he stressed how proud he was of how his department hand
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