Warren Evans fired back at critics with comments on Facebook, one day after resigning his position as Detroit Police Chief, saying he doesn’t “get the big fuss” about a video promoting a reality show in which he would star.
On his Facebook page, Evans said the show called “The Chief” is “a producer’s product” and “if the City doesn’t like it there won’t be a series.”
The promotional video includes footage of Evans posing with an assault rifle outside a vacant city train station, patrolling and making arrests. “It’s my job to keep the city safe. I’ll do whatever it takes,” Evans says in the clip.
Also on Facebook. Evans wrote that “it’s a shame when it’s problematic for two single adults to date” — an apparent reference to his reported romantic relationship with Lt. Monique Russell-Patterson.
Detroit Mayor Bing said Wednesday it was “a combination of things” that led him to ask for Evans’ resignation — later citing the video.
“I was upset about [“The Chief” video] because, number one, I was blindsided by it. I knew nothing about it. And, I didn’t want our city depicted like that,” Bing told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Vickie Thomas.
Bing also mentioned “personelle issues,” on which he would not elaborate. Bing said the former chief was “compromised in some of the decisions he made.”
Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee will serve as interim chief until a replacement for Evans is found.
Bing said there is no timeline to have a new Chief in place.
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