DPD officers on 'high alert' for potential unrest after election results

Detroit police
Posted at 1:47 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 16:54:03-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Police Department is prepared to address any issues of voter intimidation or violence, Chief James Craig said Tuesday.

Officers will be on high alert for "potential unrest," Craig said. He said the department is in a "constant state of readiness."

"Whether it's later today, tomorrow, end of the week, it just doesn't matter," he said. "We're prepared to address any problems"

Craig said officers are out patrolling on Election Day in case they need to respond quickly to criminal activity.

In a previous interview, David Nanz, the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit FBI, said that while he is hopeful for a peaceful November 3, the FBI “has a plan nationally to surge resources to a particular city in the event that there is violence related to the election.”

Attorney General Dana Nessel stresses that voter intimidation is a felony in Michigan and "will not be tolerated."