Ted Nugent, the famous conservative musician, praised the top cop in Detroit on Wednesday for defending his officers and keeping his city safe during widespread unrest and anti-cop protests across the country.
Police Chief James Craig told Fox News on Tuesday that the officers in his police department “do not retreat” when confronted by violent protesters and recently stood up for police officers involved in a shooting last week.
Nugent told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Wednesday that even though Michigan has “really plummeted into the abyss of Marxism” under the leadership of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, the city has benefited from strong leadership from its police department. He praised Craig for not only keeping the community safe but also brining residents together at a time of social upheaval.
Nugent said the people of the city stood with Craig and said, “You’re not burning; you’re not recking; you’re not assaulting; we will stand our ground.”
“And, God, he did it,” Nugent said. “There was no arson, no rioting, no looting because they stood their ground. That’s the lesson.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Social media is cracking down on Conservative content. Many of you have complained that you never see our content in your news feeds. There’s only one way to fight back — and that’s by subscribing to my FREE weekly newsletter. Click here.
Craig was on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday to discuss the current anti-police climate in the U.S. and why Detroit has largely been spared the destruction that cities like Portland and Seattle have absorbed.
Craig has been praised for his leadership, especially considering that cities like Minneapolis and Seattle have literally retreated from precincts and allowed anarchists to overtake these buildings.
“We don’t retreat here in Detroit. We’re just not gonna do it,” he said. “You saw the images … of streets where there was lawlessness, looting, burning. No sign of police officers. We weren’t giving up ground to the radicals. We just didn’t do it.”
He said that residents in his city want to see better policing in the country but said “misguided radicals” have tried to incite violence in his city, but its residents said, “We’re not going to put up with it.”
The Detroit Free-Press reported that Craig recently defended officers involved in a shooting that injured a suspect after a brief foot chase. Craig, who the paper described as hostile towards reporters, said his officers have a “hair of a second” to decide: “Do you shoot—or don’t shoot.”
“While one officer-involved shooting is one too many,” Craig said, he continued that officers “do not wake up in the morning” aiming to make a “fatal-force decision,” the paper reported.