DETROIT (WWJ) – Following a string of brutal killings and attacks, a city councilman is making bold suggestions to keep violent crimes down — including forcing gas station owners to hire security guards.

WWJ’s Florence Walton reports Detroit Councilman Kwame Kenyatta is planning a midnight march against violence and fear. It comes in the wake of a rash of crime that included the killing of a 9-month boy in a walk-by shooting, and the death of a 6-year-old at the hands of  two 15-year-old carjackers with an AK-47. A 14-year-old allegedly shot his mother to death while she slept because she wouldn’t let him hang out with his friends, and a teen girl was caught in the crossfire and killed when two got into an argument on a Detroit street and opened fire at each other.

And an 86-year-old World War II victim was carjacked at a Detroit gas station in broad daylight on his way home from Bible study, and said no one helped him while he cried for help. He tried to crawl away on a leg that was broken in the attack. He eventually tried to pay a stranger to drive him home, but the man drove him for free, and called an ambulance.

To help curb crimes like these, Kenyatta hopes to draft an ordinance that requires gas station owners to hire security guards to protect the public.

“And as we watch this man was beaten on camera and crawled into the station, never once did I see the proprietor, as well as the people who were going to that gas station, help that individual. We are saying secure your facility, safeguard us as a community,” said Kenyatta.

Kenyatta hopes to meet with Detroit pastors to plan a “Peace Sunday”.

“We are going to ask the parishioners, the students, the gang members, the motorcycle clubs, the fraternities, the sororities, everyone in this city who agreed to sign this Peace Pledge that we will maintain peace in our community, in our families, and in our neighborhoods,” said Kenyatta.

Comments (191)
  1. Dead city walking says:

    I propose closing Detroit.

    1. Dead city walking says:

      That’s what’s left in Detroit, close it and stop spending OUR hard earned $$$ on a dead horse.

    2. Zip1 says:

      There is so many problems today, that the raising gas prices are going to slow any recovery we may be seeing.
      Let now address the problems, and maybe we start fixing them.

    3. Mark says:

      I second the motion.

      1. Bobo from Texas says:

        This is what Hope&Change looks like.

      2. SpinningInCircles says:

        More ridiculous news linked to from the Drudge Report. Unelected officials took over Washington and are orchestrating everything you read that gets national attention. We have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

      3. Happy Feet says:

        Yup exactly my thoughts.

        This is how FAR this country has fallen. You really think we will last much longer in this state of absolute decline!

        Please America, be prepared for when these animals come for you after a major disaster…

        1. KansasGirl says:

          The way I look at it is, the strongest will survive.

          Keep your chin up.

    4. APatientMan says:

      Which culture thrives on being victims? Which culture will always ask to be controlled by others because they’ll destroy themselves without it? Which culture does not contain the ability to control itself? Endless victim-hood. What a way to live.

      1. Bobo from Texas says:

        It appears the Detroit’s only remaining purpose is serve as a warming to others.

      2. bill jones says:

        A scandinavian culture.

    5. TheRealSlimShady says:

      The daily news is completely orchestrated by unelected official after the coup and cover up. We have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

      Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

      The biggest cover up in history starts here

      1. glenp says:

        SARAH PALIN didn’t turn DUHTROIT into the schithole it is . IT was as-sholes named KWAME and UBUDU who are DEMOCRATS that did it

        no self respecting white person would dare to go to DUHTROIT

    6. JohnDave says:

      What do you expect when Obonzo, the Traitor/Liar/Poser/Socialist
      -in-Chief intentionally squashes Americas energy. Get rid of him and
      gas prices will return to realistic ones.

    7. FrankieE says:

      Close Obonzo. He’s the real problem

    8. Wes says:

      who’s the guy in the photo the prince of Nigeria? he sure is uppity looking, tell me what does he have to be proud of? helping to run a sh!thole of a city? the residents of Detroit did this to themselves between the riots that drove decent citizens out and their voting practices that elected clowns that would be regarded as a joke in decent american cities. if i owned a business in Detroit i would relocate it, i’m sure any money they make isn’t worth all the hassles. these folks are always hollering for empowerment let them provide their own goods and services. they always said racism was what was holding them back, it shouldn’t be much of a problem for them in a mostly black Detroit. now go out and succed you’ve got the ultimate AA.

      1. Bill says:

        LOL, that’s what I thought, where do these *&^% get the outfits/names/etc…..????

      2. Idrelocate says:

        Wes you are spot on. Hire security gaurds? Uh, how about relocate into a better area instead.

    9. Floyd Bridges says:

      Are you out fo your mind? If you close Detroit, the uncivilized human animals which infest it would pollute other cities.

      1. Rick Gudobba says:

        Since the housing collapse they have moved out into the subdivisions. I have noticed a huge difference in the last 3 years. I do not blame anyone for wanting to get out of Detroit. I just hope that they do not bring their bad attitudes and behavior with them. We have not experienced a huge surge in crime. The cops where I live will not put up with it.

    10. whodat1 says:

      I thought Detroit was a sovereign nation. Chevy commercial say ‘Imported from Detroit”. I thought it had become the Caliphate of Detroit and the photo with this article only reinforces that.

      1. Bill says:

        That was Chrysler – not Chevrolet

    11. ImaHippyBurning says:

      I propose Prog A-holes like this jag off and all others in politics be forced to have their body guards go and protect service stations against crime, instead of buffeting these corrupt political criminals from access to the public…

    12. don vyrne says:

      i have been saying that for years….some things are not worth saving. keep voting democrat people and this is where it all ends up.

  2. Sunshine Connie says:

    Go right ahead and force it council. Watch the price jump another $1.00 a gallon or all the stations close and leave Detroit. Do YOU JOB & PUT YOUR CRIMINALS IN PRISON. Detroit is nothing but a Progressive Democrat WELFARE STATE FAILURE.

    1. Fecal Matters says:

      Right on

  3. Soapy Johnson says:

    The “Jed Clampett Time Travel” theory tells you all you need to know about why gas prices are out of control …

  4. Dian says:

    These stations will close and leave Detroit. Who in their right mind would ever stop at a Detroit gas station after these incidents anyway? Marches and hand-holding is unlikely to solve the problems – tho well-intentioned. Poverty is the issue. Along with failed social programs.

    1. Mark says:

      “Poverty is the issue. Along with failed social programs.”
      Bull stuff! I live on approx $12000. 00 per year and I have yet to steal, kill, rape or torture anyone.

      These people are adrift in the moral relativism of the wacky left and I don’t need to prove it. It’s right there in front of your blind eyes.

    2. TeaBagTheTakers says:

      Socialism is the problem!

      These people were taught to stick their hand out and a politician will give them something!

      Poverty happens when there is a lack of knowledge. Who controls the education system in Detroit?

    3. freecheese says:

      First of all, most “security” guards are not allowed to carry weapons and they don’t have powers to arrest as regular commissioned police officers do. All they can do is “observe and report.” Ho,ho. Any customer can do that !

    4. Sam Hill says:

      You are a racist.

      1. killerbee says:

        This country is truly FINISHED because of idiots like you who STOP any adult factual conversation about why city’s like DETROIT have been DESTROYED. You spew the racist card out everytime as though its legit while ignoring the FACT that the Black community is an embarrasment to the world. Crime, drugs, single motherhood, the black male, terrible schools, and TERRIBLE LIBERAL DEMONRAT THROAT CRUSHING GOVERNMENTS in place. Not ONE elected Republican in Detroit for over 40 years Not one. Disgraceful

    5. Reality says:

      Sam, anybody with any sense has become “racist.” Four decades of massive funding and kowtowing to black people and what have we got? 40+ years of “blame whitey for everything” at the same time black-on-white crime is at astronomical levels. Game over, Sam. Game over.

      1. Davec says:

        Walter Williams is considered “racist”

        Its all over but the riots.

    6. Dennis in WV says:

      Fact is it is Whitey’s fault.

      President Johnson’s “Great Society” is at the root of the problem. White congressmen introduced welfare to unwed mothers resulting in more unwed mothers and the eventual destruction of the Black family.

      And if you don’t think that handouts ruin a people’s motivation to do the right thing see Wall Street here.

      1. Michael says:

        Those handouts were nothing but “hush money”, to keep blacks content, you can blame all politicians for that.

      2. Tallulah says:

        That is so true. All of it… except that it’s not ALL the whiteys that are at fault. There were plenty of whiteys (and undoubtedly some blacks), who warned that that kind of welfare would – as with anything you’re willing to subsidize – lead to a growing supply of the product you’re paying for. In this case that would be babies being born to unwed moms. Mostly teen-age unwed moms. If you want to breed more and more dependency and immaturity into a people, pay them for doing immature things, for digging themselves into deep holes that they can’t get out of themselves, and then drive them to the polls when they reach 18 years old. They’ll vote for you. It works the same whether it’s teen mothers or financial institutions or anyone else who doesn’t have the adulthood or character to ignore the temptation waving under their noses.

    7. Dave says:

      Rampant baby-making is the problem, along with addiction. These people become addicted to drugs at a young age, and whatever age they were at the time of addiction is their maturity level (usually teenage). They then pass on teen values to their children (i.e. violence is the only solution, kill to maintain your respect.)

      What Detroit needs is a gladiator arena where these ganga can kill each other in hand to hand mortal combat. Send the murderers to the lions, let them try to fight a wild animal who sees them not as a hardcore gangsta, but a meal.

  5. Dr. Boo Hoo says:

    Detroit is the poster child for big government. Degenerate, decrepit and incapable of understanding how the world works. It’s just a matter of time for other cities to follow the leader.

    1. Dead city walking says:

      Specifically a traditionally Democrat city government.

    2. mac says:

      Storeup, lock and load, the SHF soon enough!

    3. A F Banks says:

      A Rand report issued in the 60’s predicted this. The only people I think that matter in this nonsense are the ones trying to do the best they can in their own life.

      The myriad government programs have obviously not made it better. The Councilman’s proposal isn’t much help either.

  6. Fred in Texas says:

    “Safeguard us as a community”? Isn’t that the City’s job?

  7. Joel says:

    What Detroit needs is to make concealed carry an automatic right for all law abiding citizens! Do that and watch the crime rate drop like a rock!

    1. jrey762 says:

      They did this in Columbia: The government armed villagers with shotguns to discourage drug gangs from harassing and recruiting the local population. Worked like a charm, the shotguns are cheap as far as firearms go, safe, easy to use and maintain, and the government isn’t really worried about a shotgun mob taking over the country. Everybody won, well except the drug gangs…

    2. Phil says:

      what are the conceal carry rules of Mcihigan & Wayne Co.?

    3. Rick says:

      You are absolutely correct! All of the states that have CCW laws have lower crime rates. States like CA that don’t have liberal CCW laws have higher crime and LA is the bank robbery capital of the country.

    4. Bettye says:

      It is ashame to see our teenagers take over the city of Detroit. If any kid see that they have control they will take over. Detroit does not have city protection for the city, and the teenagers see this, just like a child in a home, if the kid can get away with it they will take over. This statement is common sense.

  8. mmercier says:

    the councilman looks like he represents a district in Mogadishu.

    1. BRBSanDiego says:

      Ship him to Mogandishu and see how well he fairs there. I’ll buy the bus fare to get rid of this loser.

      1. JohnDave says:

        The real loser, and author of this problem is ‘president’ Obonzo.

    2. BHirsh says:

      P.S. – Didn’t you mean “You is one racist cracker.”?


    3. ImaHippyBurning says:

      I was thinking the same thing!

  9. Shaka Zulu says:

    Where ever in Africa this is sure sounds messed up!

  10. Mike says:

    Detroit suffers from decades of liberal, Democratic rule. This situation should surprise nobody.

  11. observer says:

    We can thank LBJ’s Great Society and the Democrats for the millions of blacks who are kept back by their policies. MLK warned us of the poverty pimps.

    1. BigLouie says:

      Isn’t It Ironic? The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.
      Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to “please do not feed the animals” because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.
      The great Jesse Jackson just praised the Big Zero expanding the food stamp program. What more evidence other than this endorsement does anyone need to see why we are in this mess?

  12. Freedom 101 says:

    Maybe everyone should be carrying a gun. Then at least you can fight back rather than dyeing on your knees.

  13. captobvious says:

    do you see the people there, whats the surprise.

  14. Phillip says:

    They will pass some stupid law “forcing” security guards . . . and the price of gas will go up commensurately . . . and the locals will complain how raciss it is that they have to pay more for gas.

    1. BHirsh says:

      Mah, mah. Raciss. Yess, raciss, vera, vera raciss.

  15. Ed says:

    Race is not the problem Tax and spend liberals are. do not blame a person that dose not haveany hope when all the the jobs are gone and the goverment keeps letting him down . Most Detroit youth do not remember when a Republikin was ever voted for and as for the crime and low education well thats just a byproduct of Democratic social engernering

  16. gene says:

    That’s not how this yoyo comes dressed to work… is it

  17. Jenn says:

    Sounds to me like what we need is some dam(n) morals! You reap what you sow

  18. dirtydog1776 says:

    Then there will be violence, corruption, drugs, disease and poverty somewhere else.

    1. Doubltap says:

      So: get rid of them too! Sooner or later, we’ll get rid of all the lazy thug assed B@$t@rd$! Oh and kill every one in prison that has been convicted of three or more violent crimes. We don’t need to feed and house that urban trash! If the Blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities don’t like it, EF ‘EM!

  19. WhereMahEBT says:

    People with cars still go to Detroit?

  20. jnsesq says:

    LOL! Detroit: The prototypical liberal success story.

  21. DemsNuts says:

    You have got to be kidding ME!! Hiring some “rent a cop” at $8.00/hr. to protect citizens is crazy. How will they react when approached by multiple criminals with guns/knives/clubs? The only real solutions are: 1. Force the unionized cops to do their jobs, or allow citizens to protect themselves with concealed carry permits and the guns necessary. How have we allowed ourselves to fall so far?

    1. BHirsh says:

      By voting for leftist jerkwad union Democrat (socialist) public officials, that’s how.

      1. DemsNuts says:

        I could not agree more….WE the people have brought this plague on ourselves…

  22. jnsesq says:

    His wife is a retired county commissioner. I wonder how much taxpayers shell out fo her every month for her, ahem, public service. (And they still walked away from their mortgage. Leading from behind?)

  23. jon says:

    I said this years ago, anyone that has to work at a 7-11 or gas station, pharmacy etc. should be behind bullet proof glass. There would be 1000’s of people alive today if their employers had been concerned with their safety

  24. ChrisAR says:

    Mother KILLED by unhappy teen
    Girl KILLED in crossfire on the street
    Child KILLED in a “walk-by” shooting
    Child KILLED by car-jackers

    Man INJURED in carjacking at gas station.

    If I was a Detroit resident, I’d take my chances at unguarded gas stations.

  25. DemsNuts says:

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

    Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

    Benjamin Franklin …

  26. speedy says:

    no, only a fool would would get gas in detroit aka—detoilet. its a war zone.

  27. picomanning says:

    Force gas station owners to hire security guards? To help keep the peace? There is so much wrong with that idea to even respond. Well, maybe I can give this one response. If you live in a city like Detroit run like hell before it collapses on you. Don;t you dare turn your back on it.

  28. Justin Case says:

    Dis Kwame Kenyatta have some left over k’s after kwanza? entitled black dems — what a JOKE!

  29. Shawn says:

    This election is such a gamble. Guess what? I am not betting black this time around.

  30. DemsNuts says:

    Everyone, PRAY FOR YOUR PRESIDENT ! !—– Psalm 109:8

    1. Justin Case says:

      my only prayer is that we can last until Nov, so barry soetoro is history

  31. chris says:

    this guy wants armed thugs on every corner?

    libs, who can figure these idiots out?

  32. Shawn says:

    This must be the dems idea of shovel ready jobs.

  33. elevenhundred says:

    Detroit deserves what they have. They keep electing these people. That’s the only downside to republics; The citizen gets their share of the blame too.

  34. dukeofdata says:

    Who is going to guard the mother killed while sleeping?

  35. Doubltap says:

    Detroit? Announce that there will be an urban gang reconcilliation conference somewhere south of the 8 mile, then spray the whole city with Sarin gas!

  36. jim says:

    Isn’t all this diversity wonderful?

    Ye shall reap as ye sow.

  37. jrey762 says:

    Somebody please remind me; why aren’t we seeing this type of problem in poor white communities?

  38. SHOOTME NOW says:

    This same moron would organize a march and protest the first time one of these guards shot a “brother” too. You can’t fix stupid…

  39. Motor Pity says:

    I thought I’d just join party……….where are the Korn Kurls?
    But I wonder how many people who wrote above live in Detroit?
    Like many other native Detroiters I too abandoned the city. Its like the Middle Eastern people who left their country. When smart people leave a region to the less intelligent you get violence, war and death. Maybe the American military should send troops to Detroit, a city abandoned by its residents and squandered by outsider auto executives

  40. Barry says:

    All I want to know is what’s Kwame Kenyatta’s cut? I mean he’s obviously got an angle…attacks…cal for security…Kwame Kenyatta gets a cut. This is a no brainer it’s Detroit

  41. It's The Gas Station Owner's Fault says:

    “And as we watch this man was beaten on camera and crawled into the station, never once did I see the proprietor, as well as the people who were going to that gas station, help that individual.”

    Yes, this crime is the fault of the gas station owner. It isn’t the fault of the actual criminal who broke the man’s leg and carjacked his vehicle. It isn’t the fault of the police department. It isn’t the fault of a system that is broken.

    It’s the gas station owner’s fault!

    1. you dam right says:

      You dam right. It is the gas stations fault.

      The gas station is making profit off the sale of gas. The man attacked was buying gas and adding to its profit. Some of the profit should have been used to protect the man.

      1. KansasGirl says:

        You’re delusional.

      2. Tallulah says:

        That’s why people pay taxes – for police protection. If there’s a problem in a particular part of the city, it’s government’s job to cover that area extra well with police. I don’t believe that security guards are allowed to have guns, are they? A guy with a gun would just shoot a guard dead if he tried to come to the rescue. The fundamental purpose of government is to serve as armed guardians against criminals and invasion by foreign aggressors. When government starts ordering taxpayers to hire their own security guards to do the job that government is supposed to do, well … what the hell is government doing instead?

  42. Count Yob says:

    An elderly black veteran is carjacked in broad daylight and is crawling around with a broken leg asking for help while passers-by, fellow blacks, mostly ignore him. Finally, a good samaritan shows up and he’s saved. What does this tell you about Detroit?

  43. bryan says:

    I say we ship all our Democrats to Detroit so they can all enjoy one of the most progressive cities in the country. It should be a destination resort for all lefties.

  44. maxtor says:

    i would love to see that……you wouldnt be able to find a station to buy gas in detroit or would be so high that people would drive out of the city to buy gas. stupid suggestion!! no, not stupid, worse than that!! moron is more like it!!

  45. Tommy says:

    So is he willing to let his city pay for these security guards since the businesses would be forced to hire them?

    1. RP says:

      Of course….. as long as it’s somebody else’s money.

  46. ericdb says:

    I know! Lets form a governmental bureau of gas station security. We can call them the GSSA. They will search all people before they are aloud to pump gas, and stand guard at the cash registers. It only makes sense. It is, after all, for your safety.

  47. David says:

    A job is a job, even if it is in security. Gas will have to go up to six dollars to pay for it or our dear leader can call them his security squads he wants.

  48. Jean Poole says:

    Hiring extra people will push the cost of gas up even further.

  49. HERETHEYCOME says:

    Another arrogant morron.

  50. KansasGirl says:

    What a thug.

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