Greg Bowens: Corporate Symbols on Detroit Police Cars? Who Decided That?

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DWho decided to put GM world headquarters and the downtown skyline on Detroit police cars?

The people who paid for them decided that’s who – a cabal of corporations led by wealthy individuals who donated $8 million for 100 new police cars and 23 ambulances.

Either by decree or fiat, they got what they wanted. Each new DPD car and ambulance adorned with the pictures of the corporate community is a rolling, public receipt of the money they spent. They amount to a not-so-gentle-reminder of who is in charge of this city.

Welcome to Detroit and the rise of the corporatocracy. It is a magical place in the land of the free and home of the brave, where society is governed or controlled by corporations. If you don’t know, you better ask somebody who is in charge. One hint, it’s not the mayor.

Read more from Greg Bowens on this issue on Deadline Detroit


Greg Bowens, a former journalist, served as press secretary to former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer. He is a local political consultant and public relations professional. 

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