Man arrested in threat against Detroit chief, all cops

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 49-year-old Detroit man was arrested late Friday in connection with a spray-painted threat against the life of the city’s police chief and “all cops” on a city building.

Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said the man was arrested around 9 p.m. Friday. Additional details are expected to be released on Saturday.

The man was apprehended hours after Detroit Police Chief James Craig spoke with reporters about the incident, vowing the culprit would be found.

“We will find you. We will arrest you. And we’re working it very diligently,” Craig said during a videotaped media briefing Friday. “There’s someone that knows something and they will be calling us. So the coward that did this, just know, it’s just a matter of time. We’ll find you.”

The words “kill all cops” and “kill James Craig” were written on a wall in the area of Exeter and West State Fair.

Craig said the department first learned of the message Thursday night from Fox 2.

“Is it troubling? Absolutely,” Craig said. “Do we take it serious? Yes, we do. Given the environment that we’re in today, we don’t take threats lightly. Any time you threaten a Detroit police officer — and now the Detroit police chief —that’s a threat on all of us.”

The owner of the building has painted over the graffiti, Craig said. Officers had been canvassing the area and checking for possible video footage.

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