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Detroit police commissioner believes he was being followed

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Rev. Jerome Warfield Rev. Jerome Warfield
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"Who gave the order? Who gave the order for a Detroit police commissioner to be followed, and what resources were used to follow," said Rev. Jerome Warfield, chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners.

It was late in 2012 when Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee stepped down in disgrace amidst a sex scandal, Warfield under a new law wanted to conduct a national search, but City Hall was balking and wanted to keep things status quo and keep their own men in the job. Warfield fought them and sparks flew.

"We meet significant obstacles every step of the way," Warfield said. "We did what was needed to be done. That was do the search, continue the search I should say, and we got a great guy for chief of police.

While wrestling for the soul of the Detroit Police Department, Warfield, a Bing appointee and a minister, realized he was being followed.

"I know very clearly if someone is tailing me or not by how I drive, and so I've seen people at my homes, both of my homes, and one I was sure was a department individual because they had a department paraphernalia hat on in a municipal car," Warfield said.

"I chased down another individual who had darken windows in his car at my home in Macomb because he was lurking around the neighborhood."

The mayor would not answer our questions directly, but his office did send a murky statement. It reads, "After checking with DPD, we can affirm that no Detroit police officer has been authorized to follow any member of the Board of Police Commissioners."

So why would somebody tail Warfield?

"Obviously they were looking for something bad or something wrong, and I'm waiting for the report that something was wrong or I did something bad. Just not the case, at least not with me," he said.

So who in the end has enough juice to order a secret surveillance on a public official? It's either a rogue element within the police department or City Hall itself.

"The end of the day, it's politics. This is peanuts compared to some of the stuff that I heard goes on," Warfield said.

Whoever did this, it's illegal. Stop it. We've got our eyes on you.

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