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    After FBI raids, Duggan vows overhaul of Detroit’s towing practices

    Detroit — Mayor Mike Duggan on Thursday vowed an overhaul of the city’s municipal towing practices, a system he contends is “fraught with potential for abuse.”

    The mayor’s comments come a day after The Detroit News reported towing operations in the city and allegations of bribery have emerged as the focus of a federal investigation that spurred Wednesday raids at the homes of two council members, their staff and at City Hall offices. Duggan added his observations lead him to believe that The News’ report that the investigation centers on towing is ‘likely to be true.'”

    “The amounts of money that are involved are just breeding potential for abuse,” the mayor said at the end of a press conference at Detroit’s Public Safety Headquarters.

    Duggan said he’s directed Detroit Police Chief James White to bring him a plan in two weeks to eliminate the city’s towing company rotation practice “once and for good.” 

    On Wednesday, the homes of at-large Councilwoman Janeé Ayers and District 3 Councilman Scott Benson were raided by the FBI. The two have not been charged with any crimes and the full scope of the investigation is unclear. 

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