DISTRICT CANDIDATE FORUM

Dear concerned neighbors:

I will be there, will you?

If so, remember to RSVP at their event link:

https://events.wayne.edu/2017/10/12/citizendetroit-general-election-candidate-forums-72503/

This is the only candidate forum since the primary to invite Police Commissioner candidates.(My website is here: http://boman4detroit.com)

Fortunately, for residents of the 4th & 5th District, its not that far away.

Gleaners Community Food Bank
Kids Helping Kids Hall, Second Floor
2131 Beaufait Street
Detroit, MI 48207
(near Mt. Elliott St. & Kercheval Ave.)

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., with the forum following at 6 p.m. To attend, RSVP online at citizendetroit.org or call 313-577-5550. Space is limited. Seating is on a first come first served basis.

OCTOBER 12: DISTRICT CANDIDATE FORUM

City Council Candidates – INVITED

District 1: Tamara Smith, James Tate
District 2: Roy McCalister Jr., Virgil Smith
District 3: Russ Bellant, Scott Benson
District 4: Latisha Johnson, Andre L. Spivey
District 5: Mary Sheffield, Jewel Ware
District 6: Tyrone Carter, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez
District 7: Gabe Leland, Regina Ross

Police Commissioner Candidates – INVITED

District 1: Darryl D. Brown
District 2: Conrad L. Mallett, Carron L. Pinkins
District 3: Shirley Burch
District 4: Willie E. Bell, Scotty Boman
District 5: George Adams, Jr., Willie E. Burton
District 6: Lisa Carter
District 7: William M. Davis

Again, the details are here:

https://events.wayne.edu/2017/10/12/citizendetroit-general-election-candidate-forums-72503/

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Commissioners Dodge Question On Contributions From Towing Contractors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 28th, 2017

Detroit, MI – During the citizen comment section of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioner (BOPC) meeting, 4th District Police Commissioner candidate Scotty Boman asked a question that Commission Chair Lisa Carter didn’t want answered. Boman asked, “My question to each of you is would you be comfortable accepting $500 campaign contributions from a towing contractor given the Board of Police Commissioner’s role in decisions regarding towing contracts?” Carter interrupted Boman before he had completed his question saying, “Mr. Boman. This is not the forum for that, if you have anything that you want to talk to us about the police department, or any complaints, we will take that.”

Boman then queried, “So the forum for asking a question about the role of the Board of Police Commissioners is not a meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners?” Carter then said, “I’m talking about his campaign is not.” Carter squelched discussion on the matter thanking Boman.

Prior to asking the question Boman had supplied Commissioners with print outs of a “Late Contribution Report” in which a $500 contribution to 4th District Commissioner Willie Bell’s campaign committee, from a Towing contractor was itemized.

“I think it is telling that the Chair of this board was not only resistant to answering a simple yes-or-no question concerning ethical practices, but was hell-bent on silencing discussion so that none of the other members would have a chance to respond. Perhaps the $500 contribution to Bell was only the tip of the iceberg.” Boman invited other commissioners to respond saying, “I said it then, and I say it now, “I asked a question. Anyone who wants to answer it should.”

In August, twenty one towing companies lost contracts as a result of a dispute between Corporation Council Butch Hallowell and the BOPC. Hallowell nullified the contracts and reassigned the task to the Procurement Department.

Commissioner Bell was vocal in defending the BOPC’s roll in awarding contracts. Boman commented, “I agree that this falls within the responsibilities of the BOPC, but that also means commissioners should not be taking money from these people. It’s a blatant conflict of interest.”

In June Deputy Police Chief Celia Washington, who served as the legal adviser to the police department, resigned, one week after a towing contractor was indicted on bribery charges for allegedly paying cash bribes to win a towing contract in Clinton Township.

Boman’s comments are in the last 5 minutes of the first session of the September 28th meeting which is available here: http://69.215.26.173/Cablecast/public-site/index.html#/show/5475?channel=1

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Scotty Boman Accuses Commissioner Bell Of Over-Reach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Highland Park, Michigan. On September 11th MorningSide Board Member Scotty Boman Accused incumbent 4th District Police Commissioner Bell of abusing his authority at last Wednesday’s meeting of the 5th Precinct Police-Community Relations Council. Boman is challenging Bell for the Fourth District Police Commissioner spot in Detroit’s Municipal election. He made the Comments while appearing as a Guest on the WHPR TV Show “Get Up Stand Up”. This follows similar remarks, Boman made during the citizen comment portion of Thursdays Detroit Board of Police Commissioner (BOPC) meeting, and a formal complaint submitted to the Detroit Inspector General.

At the Commissioner meeting Boman asked if it was appropriate for an elected official to assert the authority, as such, to over-ride the rules of an independent body. According to Boman, Bell was allotted two minutes to speak at the 5th Precinct Police-Community Relations Council, rather than recognizing the Chairman’s authority, he asserted his “right” as a public official to speak longer. According to Boman. Bell, over the chairs objection, spent at least 5 minutes arguing why he was entitled to more time before addressing the other issue at hand.

Boman said, “I found this to be an abuse of power by an elected official because he felt his position entitled him to over-ride the procedures of an independent group. He less directly re-asserted such privilege when I confronted him on the matter during the public comment portion of the BOPC meeting on Thursday September 7th.”

Boman also accused Bell of waving around a campaign brochure proclaiming it was years in the making. The Police-Community Relations Council rules expressly forbid political campaigning by their speakers. Boman also said the brochure lacked the mandatory campaign finance disclosure statement. This was also addressed at Thursday’s BOPC meeting.

At the BOPC meeting, Boman asked who paid for the brochure. Boman said, “He argued that it was a Police Commission brochure, not a campaign brochure, and that I should know the difference. When I attempted to ask him to tell me what that difference was, he cut me off and said, ‘You don’t have the mic’ though he no longer chaired those meetings. He only made vague references to ‘We’ spent years on those pamphlets, without saying who ‘we’ were.”

Boman’s complaint to the Detroit Inspector General asserts that, “Fourth District Police Commissioner Willie Bell, has been distributing a brochure that lacks any disclosure of a funding source.” Boman went on to say, “If public funds were used, I view this as an even greater transgression, in that public funds should not be used for individual campaigns, that their use was not disclosed on the item, and the board had not approved such disbursements as a whole.”

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Fundraiser September 18th

Monday September 18th
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit
Michigan 48224

$20 Contribution
(More is welcome, but the law requires that contributions over $20 must be made by charge, check or money order).

Please join us over some hors d’oeuvres in a conversation about making Detroit safe again so that every neighborhood will have a future! Scotty Boman will talk about civilian oversight with respect for the law and civil liberties.

This is a fundraiser for Scotty Boman’s campaign to be elected as the Fourth District’s Representative on the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners so please bring check books or plastic!

A minimum contribution of $20 is required to participate (This is the maximum allowed cash contribution). So if you just want to help out at that level cash payments are fine.

If you already made a contribution of $20 or more to the campaign, the participation fee is optional and must be paid by check, credit or debit.

The $20 will be rebated to anyone putting in significant volunteer hours between now and the election.

Please RSVP accurately. There is limited seating but I can reserve more if I know ahead of time.

Advanced donations may be made here.

and you may RSVP here.

Front4DPD

I’m running low on these. $400 will get me 10,000 new ones… with a new look.

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Thank you to the OGW for including me in this parade!

I wish to thank the “Obama Grassroots Walkers” for hosting this parade and making me part of it. I also thank them for their endorsement of my campaign for Detroit Police Commissioner for District 4. Police Commission Candidates aren’t on the Primary Ballot, but will be included in the November 7th General Election.

For more information about the parade go here:
https://morningsidemi.nextdoor.com/events/1412227/

For more information about OBGW please visit the “Mall.”

http://htc-mall.com/

Parade Information

You are cordially invited to attend the GOTV Obama Grassroots Walkers parade. The parade will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. starting at the Family Fair Food Center, located at 700 Chene Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207.

• The Parade Marshal Line-up at 2:00 p.m.

• Step off is at 3:00p.m.

Parade Directions: The parade route has changed we will be at Chene and Lafayette organizing at 1 p.m. and will step out at 3 p.m. go down Bradsby Dr/ McDougall to make a right hand turn on Vernor will take Vernor down to Meldrum to Gratiot here we will be at the lot across the street and at Casablanca Lounge where the parade will end and our candidates will speak.

OGW GOTV PArade Flyer

OGW GOTV PArade Flyer

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July 14th Voter Forum

Be an informed voter!

Come out for our 3rd forum, this time with candidates for City Clerk, State Representative and Police Commissioner.

Take this opportunity to hear from candidates and get the answers you seek as you make your election decisions.

Sponsored by the GCBC Community Outreach & Political Action Ministry.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/327709891003645

Today at 6 PM – 7 PM

Greater Christ Baptist Church
3544 Iroquois St, Detroit, Michigan 48214

Candidate Forum Flyer GCBC

Candidate Forum Flyer GCBC

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Scotty Boman Endorsed by Police Commissioner and Grassroots Activist

For Immediate Release

Detroit MI – Long-time libertarian activist and physics professor Scotty Boman is running for office again. This time, however, he is starting out with some significant endorsements. Boman was scheduled to be on Detroit’s August 8th Primary Ballot for District 4 Police Commissioner. His only opponent is Detroit Board of Police Commissioners Chairperson, Willie Bell. So the two names won’t appear on the primary ballot, but will automatically be listed on the general election ballot in November.

“I am going into this with some key endorsements,” said Boman. One such endorsement is from 5th District incumbent Commissioner Willie E. Burton (Not to be confused with Boman’s opponent Willie Bell). “Mr. Burton and I would work well together and it would be an honor to be at his side on the Board.” Said Boman

Burton said, “The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was created 1974 as a civilian oversight board, not a way for the police to police themselves. My friend Scotty Boman is the most qualified candidate in the 4th District for this reason and others: He is a college professor that prepares young adults for their future. He is a hard-working, trust worthy champion of justice. He is a man of great integrity, which is priceless in a world where political corruption has become far too common.”

Another endorsement comes from Maurice Badgett Jr. of Detroit Obama Grassroots Walkers. “We have a common desire to listen closely to people in the community who may not have the resources to garner the attention of establishment politicians.” Boman said.
Boman has been in every regular partisan election as a Libertarian since he ran for State Representative in 1994, but Boman says these were fundamentally different types of campaigns. “For the most part, these were educational campaigns; I provided an alternative perspective to the public discourse.”

Boman said, “This time I have a much higher likelihood of winning. I have been seeking and getting support from people in my community. Many of my supporters are Democrats, who share my views on local issues that transcend partisan clichés.” Detroit municipal elections are non-partisan, so all candidates for a given office are listed together in the primary.

This won’t be the first time he ran for non-partisan office in Detroit. In 1997 he ran for Detroit City Council, he was a write-in candidate for local school board in 2010 and in 2013 he ran for Detroit City Clerk. Since then, says Boman, he has strengthened his relationship with community activists. He was recently re-elected to the Board of his neighborhood association in MorningSide and served as Vice President of his local Radio Patrol until last year when he resigned do to schedule constraints.

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