War of words between Detroit firefighters union president and Police Chief Craig far from over

Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 18:39:45-05

Police Chief James Craig says he opened a criminal investigation into the firefighters' union president after sensitive information about a witness in a murder case was posted by President Mike Nevin on the union’s Facebook page.  

Nevin says he did nothing wrong and if he’s prosecuted, so be it.

This goes back two weeks when Detroit firefighters were sent on a call on the west side that ended up being murder.  

In his post, the union president criticized that it took police 40 minutes to respond.  

Chief Craig said Thursday that because the original call to 911 was not clear.

The attorney for the union Mike Rataj would not comment on exactly what was posted by Nevin on Facebook saying today, “We’re not going to answer that question right now.  Because they’re investigating us.”

For his part, President Nevin says, “If I’m that guy who has to walk that road, I’m willing to do it. I’m not going to turn a deaf ear to this.  Am I excited about the situation? Who in their right mind would be?”

No charges have been issued.  

President Nevin says this is retaliation for his criticism of police and fire staffing over several months and he’s not going to stop.