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DETROIT POLICE-DETAINEES
(2007-07-12)
(wgvu) - DETROIT WILL PAY $1 MILLION DOLLARS TO 25
PEOPLE WHO SUED AFTER THEY WERE DETAINED BY POLICE BUT NEVER
CHARGED IN SEPARATE HOMICIDE CASES.
THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE SETTLEMENT THIS WEEK FOLLOWING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THE CITY HAS PAID IN SIMILAR LAWSUITS BECAUSE
OF A NOW-BANNED PRACTICE OF HOLDING PEOPLE INDEFINITELY -- OFTEN
WITHOUT SUSPICION OR A WARRANT.
THE DEPARTMENT AGREED TO END THE PRACTICE IN 2003. THAT'S WHEN
THE CITY AND U-S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SETTLED TWO FEDERAL LAWSUITS
THAT ACCUSED THE CITY OF REPEATEDLY VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTIONAL
RIGHTS OF SUSPECTS, PRISONERS AND WITNESSES.
THE CITY PLEDGED TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT REFORMS IN HOW IT USES
FORCE, DETAINS PRISONERS AND QUESTIONS WITNESSES FOLLOWING A
30-MONTH FEDERAL PROBE.

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