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Police Chief good on his word

By |2004-02-12T09:00:00-05:00February 12th, 2004|Uncategorized|

{ITAL Several important promises were made to the LGBT community by prestigious members of the panel at the historic town hall meeting on homophobia in Detroit, which took place Jan. 28 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. As those promises are kept, we will update you in this space.

Detroit Assistant Chief of Police Harold Cureton came forward at the town hall meeting and pledged to facilitate the assistance of the Detroit Police Department in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Nikki Nicholas. A 19-year-old transgendered teen, Nicholas’ body was found last year in an abandoned farmhouse in rural Livingston County.
In the days following the town hall meeting, Nicholas’ mother, Alfreda Nicholas-Parker, contacted both Cureton and the Green Oaks Township Police Department. Between The Lines is pleased to report that Cureton did as he promised.
“Green Oaks said that the Detroit Police had done everything that they’d asked them to,” Nicholas-Parker confirmed. “They said there was not very much Detroit could do, but that they’d done everything they could do,” including assisting with search warrants.
Nicholas-Parker said that while the murder remains unsolved, she is not giving up.
“The best I can do now is keep contact with Chief Brookin (of Green Oaks) and see where the case is gong,” she said. “I guess for an eight-man strong police department I think they’re doing the best they can because they have other things to do besides work on my son’s case. And as bad as that makes me feel, I guess I can understand that.”

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.