Skip to comments.'White Boy Rick's' long history of fighting for release from prison (Detroit Mayor Corruption?)
Posted on 08/08/2018 2:32:02 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
DETROIT - "White Boy" Rick Wershe is less than 24 hours away from his best chance at release during a prison sentence of more than 29 years.
On Friday, the Michigan parole board will vote on whether or not to release Wershe, who is the longest serving nonviolent juvenile offender in the state's history.
On June 8, Wershe went through an intense four-hour parole hearing in Jackson, Michigan, with two members of the parole board and Assistant Attorney General Scott Rothermel.
...The information provided by Wershe led to the arrests of family and friends of Coleman Young, including his favorite bodyguard Jimmy Harris, his brother-in-law Willie Volsen, and his niece Cathy Volsen.
"He was extremely upset at me," Wershe said. "I thought any mayor would love to have corrupt cops off of their force but to Coleman Young, I was a stool pigeon."
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BTW, since the current Detroit is in such a state of decay, they had to film it in my old home town of Cleveland.
White Boy Rick was one of the most prolific drug dealers in Detroit back in the 1980s. He ruined many, many lives.
If you are a White Boy dealing drugs in Detroit it is like having a target on you that says “ARREST ME!”
Not sure, but I think he had his rivals whacked. I watched a long documentary about Detroit in the post-riots period (also known as the Coleman Young period). White Boy Rick figured prominently in it.
I think they've changed the title; White Boy Rick wasn't featured so prominently before.
I second that sentiment. My wife worked in downtown Detroit for the second half of the 1980s and we saw what the crack epidemic did to a city that had already been in decline for 20 years. A city with a population of about 1 million (at the time) averaged 500+ murders a year.
He may well have been in a position to know of corrupt police and city administrators, but only to try to save his own pathetic hide. I'd say 30 years in prison is only a small down payment on his debt to society.
So what is a guy like that going to do once paroled? Ain't no company going to hire him, no money to start a legitimate business. The only alternative other than starting out slinging burgers in a McDonald's is to hook up with whatever homies that are still alive in the drug industry.............
And considering he cooperated with the FBI, his life on the street isn't going to last long.
Detroit is my hometown, but we left in the early sixties. My mom, now 96, describes Detroit of old as an entertainment mecca and a wonderful place to live. When I was a child there, though, all I remember is filthy streets, drunks on every corner and run down apartment buildings. My memories go back to late 50s, early sixties.
Note: this topic is from . Thanks PJ-Comix.
...The information provided by Wershe led to the arrests of family and friends of Coleman Young, including his favorite bodyguard Jimmy Harris, his brother-in-law Willie Volsen, and his niece Cathy Volsen."He was extremely upset at me," Wershe said. "I thought any mayor would love to have corrupt cops off of their force but to Coleman Young, I was a stool pigeon."
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