Sarah Cwiek

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October, 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit. Before her arrival at Michigan Radio, Sarah worked at WDET-FM as a reporter and producer.

Detroit’s Board of Police Commissioners opted to postone a vote on police guidelines for using facial recognition technology Thursday.

Detroit already uses facial recognition technology through its Project Green Light program at more than 500 privately-owned locations. The city credits the Green Light program with reducing crime around those locations, though skeptics question whether there’s enough solid data to support the conclusion that Green Light is causing the crime drop, instead of other factors.

Bethany Christian Services is looking for short-term foster care families in Holland and East Lansing as the Grand Rapids-based social services agency expands its transitional foster care program in those cities.

Bethany is looking to place migrant children who arrived in the U.S. unaccompanied, and are waiting to be reunited with family members or other sponsors. The agency has operated the transitional services in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Paw Paw since 2012.

The Trump Administration is deporting a growing number of Iraqi nationals who say they face likely persecution and death if returned to that country.

These Iraqis are part of a court case, Hamama v. Adducci, that challenged their planned deportations. Many have criminal records and standing deportation orders. But they say Iraq is too dangerous to return to.

Macomb County urgently needs a new jail and voters should get to decide the matter, County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham told county commissioners on Wednesday.

He’s urging commissioners to approve ballot language that would put a 20-year millage proposal for a new, $371 million jail project on the November 2019 ballot.

Wickersham said the current jail is old, prone to overcrowding, and not set up to meet the needs of the current inmate population, many of whom have substance abuse problems or mental health issues.

Protesters are back at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices in Detroit, trying to stop the potential deportation of more Iraqi nationals.

The U.S. has deported a small number of people back to Iraq after winning a court case on appeal late last year.

Detroit police have started searching abandoned homes as part of an investigation into a possible serial killer and rapist.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the killer appears to be targeting sex workers on the city’s east side. Three women’s bodies have been found in vacant homes there in the past several months.

Crews are at work replacing defective streetlights across Detroit.

About one-third—roughly 25,000—of the city’s new LED streetlights are prematurely burning out. Crews have replaced about 1,000 so far, according to the Detroit Public Lighting Authority.

Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren kicked off her first campaign swing through Michigan in Detroit Tuesday, unveiling a plan to boost U.S. manufacturing and job creation through investments in climate change-fighting technologies.

Speaking at Detroit’s FOCUS Hope job training center, Warren outlined a 10-year plan to invest $400 billion in federal investments in research and development for green technologies. It would include a requirement that any resulting products be manufactured in the U.S.

Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) reiterated her call on Thursday for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings for President Donald Trump.

Tlaib, a first-term congresswoman representing Michigan's 13th District, has led the drumbeat for impeachment for months. She’s formally introduced a resolution to open an impeachment inquiry, something which so far hasn’t been taken up by Democratic leadership in the U.S. House.

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) says working Americans deserve a direct boost, and that’s why she plans to introduce a bill that would expand access to refundable tax credits.

The LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families)-Plus Act would give up to $3000 in tax credits to individuals making less than $50,000 per year, while families making under $100,000 could get up to $6000. The refunds would be paid out monthly, or as a lump sum in advance.

Some Democratic state legislators and car accident victims are lashing out at Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s support for legislation that changes Michigan’s car insurance system, calling it a betrayal of principles Whitmer had vowed to defend.

The Detroit City Council green-lighted a deal with Fiat Chrysler Tuesday that should bring around 5,000 new jobs to the city, and represents the largest investment in auto manufacturing within Detroit city limits in decades.

Some Democratic state legislators from across Michigan are forming a coalition to push for an alternative version of changes to car insurance.

Calling themselves the “Real Deal” caucus, the legislators say current Republican bills jeopardize accident victims’ access to health care, and do little or nothing to address excessive rates, or eliminate the use of non-driving factors like credit scores to set rates.

Richard Phillips served more than 45 years for a 1971 murder he did not commit. Neal Redick served more than 15 years for criminal sexual assault against a minor—until the alleged victim recanted as an adult. Raymond McCann, a reserve police officer, was charged with perjury until surveillance footage proved him innocent and prosecutors dismissed the charges.

The city of Detroit is spending $100 million on what it calls the most expansive infrastructure investment in the city’s recent history this construction season.

It includes the resurfacing of nearly 100 miles of major and residential streets throughout the city, along with the rebuilding or rehabbing of five bridges.

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