Wyandotte Needs More Police to 'Keep Out the Unwanted,' City Council Candidate Says

Wyandotte council candidate Ted Miciura Jr. said he doesn't want to see Wyandotte turn into a Lincoln Park, River Rouge or Ecorse.

A Wyandotte City Council candidate said he's not happy with the direction the city has taken over the last several years and wants to see more policing done in order "to keep out the unwanted."

Longtime Wyandotte resident Ted Miciura Jr. also had some harsh words for neighboring cities to the north.

"I'm concerned about how (Wyandotte) is going," he said. "I don't feel that the city is exactly in the perfect direction. I think it needs to be in a little bit better direction. I'm not looking for the city to turn into a Lincoln Park, a River Rouge or an Ecorse. Slowly, it is moving this way and we need to make sure we stop that now."

Miciura said Wyandotte "is slipping away" from what it was when he was a child.

"We need police ... more now than ever," he said. "You can just see how things are changing in this city. We need more policing in this city to keep out the unwanted and what we don't want this city to turn into."

Miciura made his comments Wednesday night during a meet the candidates event at the Copeland Center. He is among 10 people running for six council seats in the May 7 general election.

After the event, Miciura said his comments shouldn't be interpreted as having a racial overtone, but instead said his concerns fall mostly with people who don't take care of their property.

"It's a different set of people from what I'm used to," he said. "I'm interested in keeping Wyandotte as it has been."

Check back later in the week as Wyandotte Patch begins to run videos of every candidate who spoke at Wednesday's event.


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Richard March 11, 2013 at 09:35 PM
maybe the UNWANTED should boycott Wyandotte businesses and events. spend our money elsewhere. Idiots like him should also be included in the unwanted category.
Richard March 11, 2013 at 09:43 PM
it's not just a matter of more police, but of reporting any suspicious activity. you know your neighborhood and if something seems out of place, call it in to the police. DO NOT call 911, but rather (734) 324-4405.
Richard March 11, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I know downriver quite well and in the 18 communities there are ares in each city that are rundown and not so clean. Every single city.
Richard March 11, 2013 at 09:57 PM
only if Ted wins
John_T March 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM
It's laughable when potential politicians just make blatant statements and just assume everyone will just say "Ya!!! Crime is getting bad in this city!!" Are we sure about that? Let's look at the Michigan crime stats. Below are the number of total offenses that were reported to the Wyandotte Police for the following years (2012 stats not available yet): 2007: 3,232 2008: 2,009 2009: 2,358 2010: 2,155 2011: 2,189 http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1645_3501_4621-281784--,00.html Where's this massive crime increase that Mr. Miciura infers there is that necessitates an increase in police officers in the city? Outside of the 2007 numbers, the number of reported offenses has been a pretty flat line from 2008-11. So even outside of what exactly he means by his comments on a racial or elitist level, he won't be trying to scare me into getting my vote.
LW March 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Everyone needs to take pride in their neighborhood and report the ordinance violations. I don't understand why there are so many violations being ignored, and these are on well traveled streets that can't be missed. Maybe our city should have a "clean your neighborhood" day every year (at least).
Earl of Sandwich March 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Let's let just Wyandotte residents support their businesses, art fair, and third friday events. All of us unwanted people will just keep to our own kind. Calling out communities like that is terrible. What has Ted been doing to keep Wyandotte looking so good? Is he on a commision of some kind? What does he do now for Wyandotte? I hope the people of Wyandotte don't elect a person that looks down on their neighbors and alienates the people and the money that visit its downtown area.
Steve March 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM
You know a lot of times the ordinance officers are doing their job but when the people don't show for court nothing is done or they do show and the judge takes pity on their story and excuses and gives them more time or throws it out all together. I've seen it done.
Richard March 12, 2013 at 12:15 AM
from News-Herald 2009 election article: Miciura: "I have faith in the people of Wyandotte, and our great city. I have seen my friends move out of town and take jobs in other places, and I have no intention to give up on Wyandotte. I am here to help in our city’s heritage and to move us forward in these struggling times." Are you saying that you feel your friends gave up on Wyandotte, when in reality they had to leave for jobs.
Driver11 March 12, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Racist? Hmmm. Its NOT just a color of your skin but could be ANYONE who lives here in town and doesnt know how it used to be way back when. Granted,its everywhere you go these days but the powers-that-be have made it easy to live here,trash it for a few years then move on.I can remember when "certain" businesses have gotten a No from the Town about comming here and that was just fine.There IS over SIXTY vacant store fronts in Wyandotte now if you'd look around and be able to count that high.I've lived here all my life and it's changed Big Time but like every downriver city has.He's just going by the old addidge PROTECT YOUR OWN!! And we should all see that.I say vote him in.....can't get any worse. Right??
Karen Peterson March 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM
If that is what is running for Wyandotte Council... I am so thankful to be out of Wyandotte and never coming back..This includes business too.
Tim Botts March 12, 2013 at 12:45 AM
I was born in raised in wyandotte and I am a wyandotte resident now. It doesn't depend on the race. It depends on the person if they have interest in there yard and house. And in this economy a lot of people cant afford to keep up on there yard or house.
Richard March 12, 2013 at 02:41 AM
I always say that you may not be able to do repairs or paint due to a lack of money, this I can overlook. BUT to have a messy, unkept yard with trash laying around, well, a pig is a pig. Even people down on their luck can clean up their yard and help keep their neighborhood clean. That's pride.
No Ted March 12, 2013 at 03:32 AM
So, I just want to see if I have this clear... Ted said his comments were not racist because he was referring to people not keeping their property in order. However, we need more police to keep out the unwanted. Since when is it a cops duty to tell a person to clean up their hedges or replace a gutter. Is Wyandotte now going to have a lawn enforcement? Even if I still lived in Wyandotte, I would not vote for this fool!
Christine Orman March 12, 2013 at 07:31 AM
I've lived in Wyandotte for over 40 years. I remember when our economy was way down in the late 70's/early 80's and there were many beautiful old homes that were turned into multi-units and slum conditions. But thankfully with the strength of the good people of Wyandotte and Mayor Desana, we had strict codes and managed to clean those places up. Every 30 years our economy with take a dive, it will again in approx 30 more, so be prepared. Lets do what we've always done, have strict codes and keep the 'riff-raff' out. You don't need money to pull weeds, sweep a broom and put things inside or get rid of them. So stop blaming the economy or being poor for being the 'riff-raff'. And stop throwing in the race card every time some who is white says something negative about other people. And stop putting words in some elses mouth {what he really meant to say} ... you sound foolish. I agree with some of the points Ted M was expressing. Yes, there are some beautiful neighborhoods in Lincoln Park. And yes there are some good people in both Lincoln Park and Ecorse. But look what has become of their business/shopping areas. And yes, there are some pretty bad neighborhoods in both those cities that far out number those in Wyandotte. And the sad thing is those neighborhoods were also beautiful at one time too. So I do not want Wyandotte to become like those.
Greg Kazmierski March 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Just a question. Why did you attend Wyandotte schools and not Lincoln Park?
Clarence March 12, 2013 at 05:03 PM
As an observer, everytime Wyandotte made a step forward fear of change would set in. 30 years ago Royal Oak and Ferndale showed courage, look at it's significance in Oakland County. Wyandotte can be Wayne County's 'place to live and be'. The city doesn't need those with nostalagic fantasies of the past, it begs for progressive diverse thinkers and leaders. Don't take my word for it ask the current and upcoming generation of homebuyers, they are the future of Wyandotte. One last thought, seek leaders who will pursue a college or university looking for a hometown, wow what a positive impact that could have on the local economy, think Ann Arbor.
acroporless March 12, 2013 at 05:23 PM
another example of a politician who will say or do anything to get elected, there are no funds to pay for extra police officers, is he running on raising taxes? crime stats in wyandotte are down, why do we need more police? wyandotte will continue to move forward as long as existing laws , codes, and regulations are enforced, and elected officals put petty politics aside and stand for whats best for the community overall. More police or taxes is not the answer
Teri S March 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Teri S March 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM
The outsiders would be criminals, what were you thinking?
Teri S March 12, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Really? Call the city? I live next door to a house that has been empty for over 2 years. I have called the city too, no one has come out to cut the grass so I took it upon myself to cut the front only. The up keep of my yard is too big to take care of someone else's property. I have killed over 15 mice too. Do I send a bill to the city for their lack of keeping up the community and will I get reimbursed for the traps I have purchased? And yes I live in Wyandotte. So if this Ted can clean up the city, he has my vote!
Teri S March 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM
If Lincoln Park is as safe as you say, then why did you attend Wyandotte schools?
Teri S March 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM
You're an idiot! Obviously you are blind sided to what is going on in the community. You are the type to complain about something but fail to do anything about it.
Just Sayin! March 13, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Yes, Im a 15 year resident of Wyandotte, but I grew up in LP, and proud of it, I was a bit offended by his comments, so he's lost my vote for that alone..
Just Sayin! March 13, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Im from LP grew up and attended LP schools, My mother was an LP teacher..My parenst still live in the house they bought brand new in 1955, they and the rest of my family feel as safe in LP as I do any where else, My wife and I moved to Wyandotte in 97, and I love this city, but i dont want this type of person making desisions for me while in office, we the people can do better @ election time.
jimandtheboys March 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Here is the 2010 Census breakdown by cities mentioned by Mr. Migiura: Lincoln Park: 84.2% White. 6% African American, 8.8 % Other River Rouge: 39.4% White, 50.5 % African American, 10% Other Ecorse: 44% White, 46% African American,10% Other Wyandotte: 95% White, 1.3% African American, 4% Other Looks like Wyandotte is leading the way in one particular ethnic group? Could this possibly be what Mr. Migiura is making reference to? I certainly hope not! But....there really are some huge differences in ethnic populations in these five cities. This information came from the 2010 Census because I was not able to find the 2012 on line, it would be interesting if someone could take a look at those breakdowns.
jimandtheboys March 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM
I meant four cities not five.
Richard March 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM
to Teri S., I was not complaining. Where do you see me complaining above. I'm one of those outsiders and I suggested a boycott. Can't you understand what you read. Hey, tell me what you have done.
David Justice March 26, 2013 at 07:01 AM
I agree Karen, Wyandotte has ALWAYS been a tough place to do business with and could not agree with you any more.
David Justice March 26, 2013 at 07:07 AM
I dont think more police is the issue, I think cleaning up the existing corrupt police dept may be the answer, from officers stealing guns to officers blatantly disregarding there oath they swear to with no punishment for there irresponsible behavior , the police dept is the MOST corrupt downriver so hiring more officers is CORRECT start by firing the moron who STOLE the gun who's name was withheld and also FIRESTEVESABO.COM and get officers that appreciate the jobs they have and will uphold the law they are sworn to and instead of texting married women all day DO YOUR JOB.


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