Detroit Police Chief James Craig rejects protesters' calls to resign: 'I'm staying'

Detroit Police Chief James Craig rejects protesters' calls to resign: 'I'm staying'


Left-wing protesters want Detroit Police Chief James Craig to join the ranks of law-enforcement leaders leaving the job in droves, but the no-nonsense chief says he’s not going anywhere.

“I am not going to allow criminals to attack our police officers, attack property, and I absolutely am not going to allow them to take over our city streets,” Chief Craig said Saturday on Fox Business. “We speak a very different language. They know it. And they want me to leave. The best way to respond to that is: I’m staying.”

About 40 progressive groups, including Detroit Will Breathe and the Metro Detroit Democratic Socialists of America, signed a letter earlier this month calling for the resignation of Chief Craig amid criticism of his officers for using tear gas, rubber bullets, batons and other crowd-control methods.

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