DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police were back at the scene, Wednesday, of a major raid at an east side apartment complex where 45 people were arrested on Tuesday.
The raid took place at the Martin Luther King apartment complex —which stretches a few blocks on Layfayette between St. Aubin off Chene.
About 100 officers and community volunteers went door-to-door to talk to residents about crime prevention measures.
Detroit Police Sgt. Darren Carey said the operation was what they call the “after party” following the sweep.
“One of the main things we want them to know … living in the King Homes, is they can come home and feel safe, knowing that we’re there,” Carey said. “A lot of these residents have kids.”
Police said it’s a neighborhood known for gang violence, and a nearby party store is “a haven for criminal activity.” Nearly 200 officers from several law enforcement agencies were part of the Tuesday operation, including the FBI, U.S. Marshalls and Michigan State Police.
Carey said many residents expressed their thanks.
“One little girl told us that she had her bike snatched — you know, her bike stolen — by one of the guys that was arrested yesterday. She said she was glad to see him go to jail,” Carey said. “It means a lot, because we all have kids, you know; and not only the kids — we want everyone to feel safe in our city.”
The citizen patrol group Detroit 300, along with the Governor and Mayor’s Americorps Urban Safety Project were among the volunteers passing out information.