Chief Craig addresses spray-painted threats against Detroit police department

Posted at 10:29 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 17:20:02-04

Stuart Lewis, the man accused of making threats again police and Detroit Police Chief James Craig, is now in police custody for the second time in a matter of days.

Lewis was arrested Friday after he allegedly spray-painted ”Kill All Police” and “Kill James Craig.”

Lewis was later released after 48 hours, the longest amount of time a prisoner can be held without being formally charged.

Police say they had been waiting for an assistant prosecutor at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office to sign off on a warrant to charge Lewis, but it did not happen in time and he was released.

According to Chief Craig, that assistant prosecutor questioned whether investigators indeed had the evidence they claimed to have.

“It’s one thing to request additional evidence to support a probable cause determination.  This is not that,” said Chief Craig. “This is more that verifying that the investigators actually had evidence in their custody.”

According Chief Craig, he then called Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy Sunday to explain the situation.
This afternoon, it was announced Lewis was arrested once again.
He is now charged with Threat Of Terrorism and Possession With Intent To Deliver Marijuana.

The chief worries that if it had not been for the phone call he made to Worthy, that particular assistant prosecutor would have been difficult to work with.

Police told 7 Action News typically in order to get a warrant signed in cases like these, investigators need to provide probable cause not certainty of prosecution.

A spokesperson for Worthy’s office told 7 Action News several prosecutors reviewed the case and were waiting for additional information to charge Lewis with the marijuana charge.

Craig maintains no new information was provided.