Detroit police join in community crime walk to curb violence - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Detroit police join in community crime walk to curb violence

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) - You've seen the headlines countless times of murders, shootings and robberies. Now, Detroit police say they have a new strategy to stop the violence.

They say they're fed up and they're hitting the streets to raise awareness and to gather tips.

A prayer for peace and security was said as police got set to begin a block-by-block march against crime in northwest Detroit Friday evening. They say they're fed up and they're hitting the streets to raise awareness and to gather tips.

Fox 2's Ron Savage spoke with Detroit police Capt. Anthony Topp not long ago near the area where the march was taking place. Topp was emotionally torn up as he investigated a discovery inside a garage when a man's body was found dismembered.

The discovery was across the street from a public school.

"We met around the corner when that unfortunate scene came up with the mutilated body. When I looked to my left I saw the school; that just broke my heart. That was one of the things that really broke my back last week," says Topp.

He says he and other officers spoke with Chief James Craig and they all agreed they need to do everything they can to stem the violence.

"DPD is tired of this. We're tired of this crime; we're tired of this and we're not going to accept this as a way of life. I think a lot of us have been accepting certain things for too long and that's going to stop," Topp says.

Signs were carried during the community crime walk Friday night reading, "It's not called snitching, it's called living!"

The Detroit 300 walked with Detroit police and neighbors also joined in the sudden anti-crime crusade.

Topp says the march will make a difference because it encourages people who know something to speak out.

Many of the veteran officers and volunteers say they will march again in different areas of the city to interact with other residents.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Benefit for injured Grosse Pointe Police officer

    Benefit for injured Grosse Pointe Police officer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:24:37 GMT
    48-year-old Keith Andersen retired in February from the Grosse Pointe Police Department. On June 21, he was involved in a roll over accident where he suffered a broken neck. As of now Keith has no movement in his the lower half of his body. The Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 is holding a fundraiser for Keith on Aug 5th. Amy Lange will have a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.
    48-year-old Keith Andersen retired in February from the Grosse Pointe Police Department. On June 21, he was involved in a roll over accident where he suffered a broken neck. As of now Keith has no movement in his the lower half of his body. The Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 is holding a fundraiser for Keith on Aug 5th. Amy Lange will have a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.
  • Teenager's body discovered in wooded area in Armada

    Teenager's body discovered in wooded area in Armada

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:37:19 GMT
    Police in Armad Township tell Fox 2's Roop Raj that the body of a 14-year-old female teen has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.
    Police in Armad Township tell Fox 2's Roop Raj that the body of a 14-year-old female teen has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.
  • Judge rules Warren Evans can stay on the ballot

    Judge rules Warren Evans can stay on the ballot

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:16:52 GMT
    A judge ruled Friday, Warren Evans will stay on the August primary ballot for Wayne County Executive.
    A judge ruled Friday, Warren Evans will stay on the August primary ballot for Wayne County Executive.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Ron SavageRon SavageMore>>

  • Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:02:32 GMT
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
  • Neighbors want neglected Detroit Rogell Golf Course cleaned up

    Neighbors want neglected Detroit Rogell Golf Course cleaned up

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:19:43 GMT
    One of Detroit's most popular sports attractions is now a grown over weedbed. Neighbors say their favorite golf course has become an eyesore.
    One of Detroit's most popular sports attractions is now a grown over weedbed. Neighbors say their favorite golf course has become an eyesore.
  • Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:11:28 GMT
    The victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan six weeks ago has died. Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue May 31st. Hicks was a community activist from Detroit who helped start the anti-water shut off movement.
    The victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan six weeks ago has died. Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue May 31st. Hicks was a community activist from Detroit who helped start the anti-water shut off movement.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices