Dead man found in Detroit house after five police visits

Neighbors call 911 to report a dead man inside a Detroit house.

But it allegedly took police five visits  before they discovered the body. 

"If it is determined that a police officer failed their duty, yes there is frustration with that," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

An internal investigation is underway Craig says, after learning of allegations that it took five 911 calls in a two-day period for police to go into a Coventry Street home to discover a dead man. 

"That's incredible," said landlord Aaron Mainor. "Did they not know how to get into the house?"

According to an internal report obtained by FOX 2, officers from the 11th Precinct responded to the home Monday after a caller reported a dead body was inside. Officers reported no problem had been found.

"I saw a police car down there once," said neighbor Craig Pangus. "I didn't see anyone go in."

Then according to the report, the same officers came out to the home four more times on Tuesday after a woman called, stating the man was dead inside and neighbors were stealing from him.

"The person who called the police was anonymous," Craig said. "This police department gets hundreds of prank calls."

According to the internal police report, it wasn't until the fifth run to the home that officers entered through the back door. That's where they found the 61-year-old man dead in an upstairs bedroom. 

The man, who friends and his former landlord identify, is 61-year-old Arnold Lee Meredith. According to the report, he was kneeling on the floor by a mattress in his pajamas, bleeding from his nose and mouth in the early stages of decomposition.

Those who knew him say that it is devastating to hear.

"That's a bad way to go," Mainor said. "I Iive alone myself, and I would hate to have that happen to me."

While Detroit police say it doesn't appear to be a homicide, the Wayne county medical examiner says they still need family to identify him. 

 Pangus says it doesn't make sense.

Meanwhile, Craig says he is bothered by allegations that the officers were neglectful and he is also concerned that internal reports are being shared and vows to get to the bottom of it.

"On the surface it's troubling," Craig said. "Because we're talking about neglect of duty. But right now it is an allegation. We're not running from the investigation. I am not running from discussing it..

"I'm just saying that there's something called due process."
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