Terror charges dropped for anti-police graffiti that advocated killing Chief Craig

Detroit Police Chief James Craig is upset about a judge's decision to dismiss terrorism threat charges against Stewart Lewis.

In October he allegedly spray painted "Kill all police, Kill James Craig" on the side of a building.

"Judge Langston in my opinion missed an opportunity in this instance to send a unified message that the threats against police officers will not be tolerated," Chief James Craig said.

But Judge Deborah Langston sees things differently

"My job is it to interpret the law and apply it to the facts that are presented to me," she said.

Lewis is facing other charges in this case, possession of marijuana and malicious destruction of property.

But the most serious charges dropped - threats against police officers have taken on a whole new meeting since three Detroit area officers have been killed in the line of duty since September.

"We're in some very different times," Craig said. "It is no secret police officers are under attack in some places."

But as far as that graffiti goes.

"The law indicated that Mr. Lewis had to commit an act," Judge Langston said. "When I looked at the facts of the case, and I read the law and I listened to the arguments on both sides and I heard all the evidence, I did not hear Mr. Lewis do any other act other than spray painting this hateful language on the side of this building.

"I'm really sorry that this had to come down this way but that's my take on the law."
 

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