Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Intercept: Detroit police used torture to force fake confessions in 1980s

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 3:44 PM

A long-form piece in the Intercept, the online magazine edited by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill. What makes this particular piece so interesting is its backward look at the bad old days of the DPD, especially stories of police using blunt violence and intimidation to obtain confessions from the innocent. The situation finally got so bad that the feds had to step in and take a strong oversight role, with a federal monitor overseeing the agency under the terms of consent judgments. The complaints driving them involved excessive force, unlawful detention of innocent witnesses, and disgusting confinement conditions. From 2003 to 2014, the department was in the hands of these federal monitors.

That quick background may be needed for some readers who delve into the piece, which touches on Detroit's notorious Chambers Brothers, among other notables of the days when crack ruled Detroit's streets.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

March 3, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation