Detroit Mayor's Nominee To Police Board Withdraws

bing dave new wwj photo Detroit Mayor's Nominee To Police Board WithdrawsA convicted murderer who was nominated by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to a board that disciplines police officers has withdrawn from consideration for the post.

35-year-old Raphael B. Johnson made the announcement Wednesday night.

Word of the planned nomination this summer rankled some current and former officers who said adding him to the panel would send the wrong message.

Johnson’s supporters said he was an inspiration because he’s turned his life around after serving 12 years for a killing he committed as a youth. Johnson was convicted of second-degree murder in 1992.

Bing and acting Police Chief Ralph Godbee offered their support to Johnson following his nomination.

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  • Sandra Kish

    Are you serious??? Let him discipline the officers that sent him to prison???? How much is Bing being paid for that endorsement???? Cause ain’t no way anyone in their right mind would let a convicted murderer just out of prison discipline police officers!!!!!!

    • Local Citizen

      What’s worse is that this guy was not even a Michigan resident! His name does not appear anywhere on the Michigan Department of Corrections “Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS)” at Apparently, he lived in some other state when he committed his “youthful indiscretion” (that means Murder). Was there absolutely nobody else available to nominate to this important position? Is this the last guy on Earth who meets the qualifications? I am all in favor of giving second chances to people, as long as a first chance is given to somebody who has not yet screwed up.

  • Judy Ernst

    Nomination makes sense given that he’s turned his life around but I feel many people would not get past the part about his being a convicted murderer and therefore I think his withdrawal was wise.

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