Council President, City Clerk sound off on Belle Isle traffic stops and arrests

Detroit (WXYZ) - Some city officials are questioning whether the state takeover of Belle Isle has turned the park into a police state of sorts.

Since the transfer took effect on February 10, City Council President Brenda Jones said hundreds of people have been arrested and ticketed on the Island.

City Clerk Janice Winfrey was pulled over by a Michigan State trooper on Good Friday while driving with her 80-year old mother. She was driving her city-owed car.

She was told she was driving over the 20 mile per hour speed limit but didn't like the way she was treated.

Mayor Mike Duggan was also pulled over around the time the state Department of Natural Resources took over management of the park. According to his office, Duggan was treated courteously and given a warning.


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