DETROIT (WWJ) – It was a tense 12-hour standoff that ended very early Friday on Detroit’s westside. Now, Detroit’s Police Chief is crediting the community for bringing the drama to a peaceful ending.
Chief Ralph Godbee praises the community effort to negotiate with the woman who was holding her teen daughter in the standoff.
Godbee says Judge Thomas , who was on vacation, went out at two in the morning to help. Police say the teen is expected to be released to family and the mother could be arraigned Saturday. The standoff began after Child Protective Services arrived at the home to take custody of the 13-year-old girl.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the scenario where we would have Minister Malik Shabazz , Ron Scott, Judge Deborah Thomas, our police negotiators, Detroit 300. I mean just a collective effort participating in successfully communicating to one of our citizens the benefits of turning herself in,” says Godbee.