Five people in custody in connection to the investigation of Chief Craig death threats

(WXYZ) - Police now tell 7 Action News that the five people arrested in connection to the investigation regarding death threats against Detroit Police Chief James Craig have not been charged with making the actual threats.

Police say they were arrested on separate charges. 

"When you threaten a police chief, you're threatening every member of the Detroit Police Department," Craig said on Sunday.

The chief says the threat was made on social media. He wouldn't specify a site, but says the threat included a photo of a handgun.

"The suspect made the statement in his street jargon, 'We need to clap him out.' Certainly, that was meant for me. He referenced the chief because there's been what his group would say is a disruption," Craig said.

That disruption has come in the form of numerous narcotics raids since Craig's arrival last July. The Chief says in addition to five large-scale raids, his department conducts on average 35 drug house raids a week.

"I will tell you that's having an impact on undermining these criminal organization's revenue streams,” he said. “So they're angry."

But anger is a two way street among those dealing drugs, and those fighting to remove them. Craig says the threat on his life reinforces the department's success, and it will only bolster his commitment to the city's public safety.


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