Detroit Police Department Investigation Files

David A. Goldberg filed this request with the Detroit Police Department of Detroit, MI.
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From: David A. Goldberg

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I request copies of the following Detroit Police Department Investigation Bureau files in their entirety:

1. 66195
2. 176714
3. 177120
4. 253048

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


David A. Goldberg

From: Detroit Police Department

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Detroit Police Department

Good morning,

Attached is the City's response letter concerning your FOIA request.

Thank you,

Kathryn L. Cousin
Assistant Corporation Counsel
City of Detroit - Law Department
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue - Suite 500
Detroit, MI 48226<>
PH: (313) 237-3034<tel:3132373034><>

From: David A. Goldberg

I would like to appeal and shorten my previous FOIA request: A20-04168, pertaining to DPD Investigative File # 66195 et al., in which I previously requested four Investigation files, but would now like to limit my request to two particular Investigative Files: 1) No. 177120, which is associated with Maxshire Henderson; and 2) No. 253048, which is the DPD investigative file number for Alvin Harrison while also clarifying and expanding upon my prior request, as I was previously unaware of the requirements listed in your rejection and fulfill these requirements in this appeal.

Henderson (DPD Investigation No. 177120) was associated with several groups that were under police surveillance from roughly 1964 to 1966, which is affirmed by several FBI files in my possession. The groups include the Group on Advanced Leadership (GOAL), the Freedom Now Party, the Medgar Evers Rifle Club (MERC), the Wolf and the Fox Hunt Club (WFHC), and the Detroit branch of the Revolutionary Action Movement. I am particularly interested in materials related to him that relate to police surveillance of the Wolf and the Fox Hunt Club and Detroit RAM. These materials include surveillance of said organizations, Mr. Henderson as an individual, informant reports, interviews, wire taps, and any and all relevant files related to the two groups from 1964 to 1966. People associated with these groups include: Rufus Griffin, General Baker Jr., Charles Simmons, John Jackson Jr., Marshall Williams, Richard Henry, Vales Crossley Jr., Prince Brown, Argretta Henderson, John Watson, Sidney Fields, Joe Barron, and John Williams. That is, there wasn't a particular incident in this case, but prolonged surveillance of these groups that Henderson was involved with.

RAM was associated largely with General Baker, and its makeshift headquarters was associated with the following address: 1980 W. Philadelphia.
FWHC was an amalgam of two groups: GOAL and RAM, and they began by meeting at GOAL's office, which was located on Linwood Ave. They also frequently at Maxshire Henderson's home, which was on 2201 Gladstone Ave.

Alvin Henderson, b. 8/03/1940 in Birmingham, Al. (DPD Investigation No. 253048), was associated with both the Adult Community Movement for Equality (ACME) as well as the Afro-American Youth Movement (AAYM). Harrison arrived in Detroit in May 1965, and quickly became active in anti-police protests on the city's Eastside. He also joined and became a leader of the two aforementioned groups, which were headquartered at 9211 Kercehval. This was the site of the city's "mini-riot," which took place from August 9th to August 11th, 1966. During this disturbance, Harrison was arrested for inciting a riot but was released on bond. Following the 1967 riots, Harrison became associated with the New Detroit Committee, but seems to have left town abruptly for Washington D.C. at the tail end of 1967.

I am particularly interested in any and all communications between the DPD, the FBI, and Mr. Harrison, including informant files and reports, radio communications, surveillance files, interviews, depositions, etc. I am also interested in any and all surveillance reports that pertain to Mr. Harrison's role, activities, and communications with DPD and/or the FBI during and after the Kercheval Incident in August, 1966. Others associated with this event and with Harrison include General Baker, Glanton Dowdell, Rufus Griffin, Nobel Smith, Moses Wedlow, Wilbur McClendon, Clarence Reed, James Roberts, Gene Hughes, and Alexander Bell.

I thank you for your time and consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further5 information if necessary, as I have a number of documents that might assist you that I am happy to provide.


David Goldberg