DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Law enforcement agencies in Metro Detroit are urging residents to participate in festive gunfire as they enter the new year.
Representatives from the Detroit Police Department, Highland Park Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police held a press conference Friday to discuss safety precautionary measures, stressing that participation will lead to legal consequences.
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“In the city of Detroit, firing a firearm is prohibited. You could be arrested and likely to be punished or fined,” said Detroit Police Chief James White. “Look at our community, we’ve seen just as many cases of reckless use of firearms and the use of firearms to resolve disputes. Sure, that’s not the way we want to celebrate a new year, full of opportunities, by just to do the thing that caused so many difficulties the year before.
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White said they will be patrolling the neighborhoods Friday night to ensure the safety of residents.
“If you know someone in your family or you know of someone and have a relationship with them and you know they intend to do so (festive gun, drinking and driving), definitely step up and encourage them to not to do that, “said First Assistant Chief Todd Bettison.
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