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Detroit police chief announces retirement effective June 1

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DETROIT (AP) – Detroit police chief James Craig has announced his resignation as head of the city’s police force.

He did not immediately announce his future plans, which could include running for political office.

Craig said at a news conference Monday that his June 1st retirement will be effective and will be voluntary. The Detroit native was hired by an emergency manager in 2013 after the state took control of the financially troubled city.

Craig, who is black, immediately set out to restore residents’ trust in the department, which had a history of civil rights violations by officials against the predominantly black population of Detroit.

Detroit hired five police chiefs in the five years prior to Craig’s hiring.

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