WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 10: Rep. Rashida Tlaib spoke during a press conference preceding a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill on July 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:45 PM PT – Monday, April 19, 2021
Detroit’s police chief said Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) should resign after her calls for “no more policing.”
In an interview on Sunday, Chief James Craig called the Democrat congresswoman “reckless.” He said he’d love to see her resign and would even throw her a goodbye party.
Craig’s remarks came in response to comments made by Tlaib in recent weeks, where she called for an end to policing and called police officers racist, in the wake of the death of Duante Wright in Minnesota.
Craig said Tlaib does not speak for minorities as a whole.
“You know what, if I made comments on par with her, they’d be calling for my resignation,” Craig stated. “Let her go. Who is she speaking for Charlie? Let me just say this. You talk about abolishing police incarceration and you talk about safe cities, what do you think the residents in Detroit want? I know, I speak with them. They’re reckless Charlie. Now is she representing the people or is she representing a fringe group?”
Craig also condemned Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for telling protestors in Minnesota to get more confrontational if Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murdering George Floyd.