Police chief suspends 2 Detroit 911 dispatchers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT Police Chief James Craig has suspended two 911 dispatchers for delays in sending officers to separate calls for service -- including one that eventually resulted in a death.

Craig said Wednesday that the suspensions are without pay and that he is seeking criminal charges against a dispatcher who did not immediately send a patrol car to a May 12 domestic dispute where someone was fatally stabbed.

Six calls were made to 911, but the dispatcher waited more than an hour to send police to the location.

Craig said police units were available when the 911 calls were made.

On Friday, another dispatcher also waited an hour to send officers to a family dispute. By the time officers arrived, one person had been shot and taken to a hospital.

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