Detroit 911 Dispatcher Whose Delay Led to Woman Being Shοt With AK-47 Faces Jail

by / June 19, 2014 Black News 49 Comments

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A Detroit 911 dispatcher has been criminally charged for an hourlong delay that led to a woman being gunned down with an AK-47.

Chief Craig

Chief Craig

At around 5 a.m. on August 30, dispatcher Craig Miller, 46, received several calls about a domestic incident involving a gun.

A woman called 911 a total of six times before she was finally shοt with an AK-47. The mother of the critically injured woman said she’d called police as tensions grew in the home, but police didn’t arrive until after she’d been shοt.

“If they would’ve come right away, this incident wouldn’t have happened,” said the cousin of the woman.

According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Miller “failed several times to dispatch officers in a timely manner to a 911 police run that resulted in a nonfatal shooting at a location in the 13800 block of Bringard in Detroit.”

Once officers were dispatched to the scene, they arrived within eight minutes, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who spoke out on the bungled 911 call in September.

“Status quo, complacency, mediocrity will not be accepted,” said Chief Craig at the time. “We’re in the business of saving lives and certainly our inaction if it results in critical injury and deαth is problematic and unacceptable.”

Craig had also called on the dispatcher to be criminally prosecuted.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Miller was charged with willful neglect of duty by a public official, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he could serve up to a year in jail.

Miller is currently suspended without pay.



49 Comment

  1. The dispatcher was wrong, but women DO NOT stay in the home with an abuser.

  2. AMEN

  3. So now they want to jail the dispatcher, who more than likely was following department protocol regarding importance of crime/calls. As many might know, Detroit is full of crime and they probably receive many of the same type calls day in and day out. Therefore I cannot fault him until department procedures are investigated as well. A suspension would more than likely be more reasonable afterwards…

  4. What protocol are you talking about Reaper. And would you be saying the same thing had it been your mother or siter who was shot. When a 911 dispatcher answers a call, that call is what they are to dispatch for. There is no protocol of saying WELL THIS CALL DOESN'T SOUND IMPORTANT SO LET ME WAIT TO SEE IF A MORE SERIOUS CALL COMES IN. Did you not read it said there were six calls. I mean come on. He should serve time, because that lady might still be living had he dispatched police.

  5. Mercy!!!

  6. Finally, a Chief of Police "On the Case"!!!!! Detroit has needed an official that gets involved with those kinds of situation for years now.! "GOOD LOOKING OUT" Chief.

  7. Article said gun downed, then said "resulted in a nonfatal shooting at a location in the 13800 block of Bringard in Detroit.”.

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