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    Duggan plans to fix city’s towing practices amid FBI investigations

    It’s never good when federal agents execute search warrants, Mayor Mike Duggan said on Thursday amid a federal investigation of the city.

    “We need to remember these are search warrants,” Duggan, commenting on a series of raids Wednesday targeting City Council members. “Nobody’s been charged. In lots of cases, when you do a search warrant, you gather the evidence, you find out there has not been a crime committed. In other cases, you do a search warrant, you gather evidence that makes your case.”

    The FBI on Wednesday searched Detroit city hall and the homes of Councilwoman Janeé Ayers and Councilman Scott Benson amid a “public corruption” investigation across metro Detroit, according to Tim Waters, FBI special agent in charge in Michigan.

    No one was charged in the investigation on Wednesday and Duggan said he was not aware of details of the investigation. “I have not heard about the FBI being tipped off. The feds have not shared with me any details of their investigation,” Duggan said, adding that it “appears to be focused on towing” based on a Detroit News story.

    “Maybe my observation is that’s likely to be true,” Duggan said. 

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