Detroit Police Deputy Chief fighting for justice decades after father's murder

DETROIT (WXYZ) - It's one of Detroit's oldest unsolved mysteries. A Detroit Police Officer murdered in the line of duty 45 years ago, and the person who killed him still on the loose today.

Ulysha Renee Hall was just six months old when her father, Officer Ulysses Brown was killed. Now, she is a Detroit Police Deputy Chief.

Brown was working on a specialized unit in what's now the ninth precinct, cracking down on prostitution. He was gunned down Aug. 20, 1971.

"Allegedly, he identified the individual who was the prostitute in question. She was supposed to be leading Johns to her pimp," Hall said.

In the difficult years that followed his death, the family was forced to overcome an immeasurable loss.

"My father not being there meant the same thing as every other child in Detroit or around the world growing up without a father," she said. "It has an impact."

Hall's strong mother raised the family on her own, instilling values, stressing education and teaching them how to reach their goals.

"That's what I sit here today as deputy chief of the city of Detroit. My brother is a chief warrant officer of the Navy station in Florida. My sister is an educator for 25 years," Hall said.

She came to Detroit police at the age of 29, fiercely determined to make our city safer so others won't have to endure the same pain.

Now she oversees Chief James Craig's neighborhood policing program. She is breaking down barriers and building relationships between the police and community.

Deputy Chief Hall has also launched a cutting edge "spirit of service" program where new officers spend time feeding the homeless, interacting with seniors and getting to know our youth.

Print this article Back to Top