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It’s getting very nasty in a battle between Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig and firefighters union president Mike Nevin. Nevin is among those leading the charge to restore staffing levels in public safety to what they were pre-bankruptcy. Nevin’s publicizing slow police response times for violent crimes because of staffing shortages has pissed off the police chief. Nevin’s believes the police shortages impact firefighter safety but news reports have Chief Craig warning Nevin to “stay in your lane and let us do what we do.”
Apparently what they do is launch criminal investigations into their critics. It has been widely reported the police department has been looking into Nevin for releasing unredacted police reports to the news media to prove his point about response times.
According to Steve Neavling at Motor City Muckraker, the police department tried to file criminal charges against the fire union president.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday rejected a request by Detroit police to file criminal charges against firefighter union president Mike Nevin for disseminating “sensitive information to the public.”
Prosecutor Kym Worthy returned the warrant request to police, saying the investigation lacked enough information to produce charges.
Police did not respond Wednesday to whether they plan to build a stronger case for charges.
Police issued its initial investigation to the prosecutor’s office on Tuesday, about two weeks after Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, blew the whistle on slow police response times that are endangering public safety.