City Of Detroit Won't Pay For Murdered Officer's Funeral

The police union president said he thinks Detroit should pay for the funerals of officers killed in the line of duty.

​Detroit, MI – The president of a Detroit police officer union called out the city for not paying for the funerals of officers killed in the line of duty.

“It was despicable,” said Mark Diaz, President of the Detroit Police Officers Association, told WXYZ-TV upon learning the city won’t cover the expense of Officer Doss' funeral. “It was a shot to the stomach.”

"They're dying for the citizens of the City of Detroit," said Diaz, who added he wanted city officials to consider a change to that policy.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said it’s never been an issue before, WXYZ reported.

Chief Craig said there are organizations available to help pay for the funerals, along with insurance money that some families opt to use.

Insurance money and other benefits available could be used in other ways by the grieving families who have to go on without the police officer in their lives, according to WXYZ.

Police departments in Chicago and Philadelphia do pick up the costs of the funerals for officers killed in the line of duty, according to WXYZ.

Chief Craig said he’s worked in cities that do pay for funerals of officers who die in the line of duty, and he’s worked for others that don’t.

The controversy arose as Detroit police prepared to bury its most recent fallen officer.

Detroit Police Department Officer Glenn Doss died Jan. 28 when he was shot while responding to a domestic abuse call, according to the Detroit Free Press.

There was a candle light vigil for the 25-year-old murdered police officer on Monday.

Decharlos Brooks, 43, has been charged with first-degree murder in Officer Doss’s death.

Police said Brooks stood outside his home Jan. 24 and fired shots at a police car responding to a domestic abuse call.

Officer Doss, who was in the passenger seat of the police vehicle, was shot in the head.

His partner rushed Officer Doss to the hospital where he later died from the gunshot wound, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Any officer killed in the line of duty should have their funeral paid for by the municipality they worked for, PERIOD. Their families are going through enough pain and suffering and shouldn't have to worry about that, use money from a go fund me account or any death benefits from that municipality. These men/women gave their lives to protect the cities and then are swept away. Horrendous disregard for their officers. Shame on Detroit and ANY city who does this. They pay out millions to offenders yet not for their sworn officers. Shame on them or anyone else who does this.

Brechlintom2
Brechlintom2

I thought it was normal protocol that these funerals were paid for? I guess I was wrong. VERY sad.

FranW
FranW

Article in Detroit paper indicates that the funeral will be paid for. I see the GoFundMe was shared! Thankful for all the generous people supporting Officer Doss’ fiancé and child. 💙🖤💙

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