The Detroit Tigers are up 2 games to none in the best of 5 series against the Oakland A's after wins on both Saturday and Sunday. But fans heading to the game were greeted with more than a "welcome to Comerica Park" as they entered the gates on Saturday night.
Fox News reports that nearly 400 off-duty Detroit police officers were handing out fliers with a somewhat frightening message. It said "Attention: Enter Detroit at Your Own Risk" and warned that Detroit is America's most violent city and that the police department is grossly understaffed.
A fact check of that statement shows that Detroit is actually the second most dangerous city behind it's neighbor to the Northwest, Flint. That's according to F.B.I. Crime data released earlier this year.
Police union president Joe Duncan told WJBK "We're not discouraging people from coming, I love the city, I want them to realize we don't have enough man hours," Duncan continued "I don't think the city is going to get same officer 8 hours a day as you do for 12 hours a day." Officers are now required to pull 12-hour shifts in an effort to get more police officers on the streets.
WJBK also reported that along with the flier, people were urged to vote yes on Proposal 2 which would guarantee collective bargaining rights.
My question: in a time when Detroit is slowly starting to turn it's image around, do you think that an event such as the American League Playoffs is a good platform to use scare tactics such as this to promote a political message?