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 (193)
  1. glenp says:


    look at “KWAME’s” pic I keep knockin’ but no one answers

  2. Peetah says:

    Maybe if the price of gas wasnt so high, no one would want to steal it, what a concept, go back to school.

  3. Peetah says:

    you need two of those hats 1 to s h i t in and another to cover it up with

  4. A G Kay says:

    I do not know why anyone is surprised about anything like this that comes out of Detroit specifically and Michigan generally. A state that coddles the UAW with the express purpose of generating generations of Democratic voters. That was what the auto bailout was about. Now the general populace must contribute to this through their hard earned money the exorbitant salaries of the the highest paid unskilled workers in the world.

  5. glenp says:

    Kwame should be greatful he has so much white in him otherwise he’d be living in a cowterd hut in Kenya w OVOMIT’S brother

  6. A G Kay says:

    I’ve always said Detroit is the face of the new America. Sorry folks, Demographics. As whites are pushed into minority status the gap will be filled by Blacks, Mexicans and Muslims. Not something I think our Founding Fathers envisioned.

  7. Racerboy says:

    This guy Kwame Kenyatta is a stupid as he looks!!! Like a security guard is going to jump into the middle of any battle that takes place at a gas station. Besides, how are you going to find anyone in Detroit of the security Guard mentality that will be cleared to carry a weapon?

  8. Becky Muska says:

    Move over, Detroit….this is also Memphis sitting next to you on the bus to hell!

  9. Michael says:

    Kenyatta wants to force gas stations to hire guards? Why doesn’t he force the city to hire more police? Adding the cost of hiring guards to station owners is not constitutional. Why should they have to pay the price, they don’t make anything on the gas they sell. You want business to thrive yet you put all the burden on them while you let the city go to hell. Start charging the corporate giants that are using the city for their ill gotten gain. Raise the taxes on the 1%. And, stop them from using our money to do stupid things like building a second bridge.

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