The partnership of Detroit businesses joining Project Green Light has expanded since the one year and 100th participating stores mark in January 2017. There are now 144 companies partnered in Detroit to help fight and solve crimes in the areas of the installed real-time cameras.
Brancy Crawford, of Detroit states “she feels more safe with all the blinking green lights, and she shops in areas that have the real-time cameras installed.” Crime has been a downward trend in areas where green lights have been installed on local businesses.
Forty-four more businesses have partnered with the Detroit Police Department to help deter crime since January 2017, making Detroit a safer place for its citizens.
High definition camera installed on Rosedale Community Pharmacy on GrandRiver in Detroit. Photo By: Cynthia Gladden
Mobile gas station on Fenkell in Detroit. Photo By: Cynthia Gladden
Sonny’s Hamburgers in Detroit on Evergreen and Schoolcraft helps keep the neighborhood safer. Photo By: Cynthia Gladden
McDonald’s on Grand River, partners with other businesses for the safety of citizens. Photo By: Cynthia Gladden
Levi is a kidnap and rape victim, turned survivor. Levi was 18 when she was raped and in the last five years, she has endured the pain of rape and healing that would turn her life around for the better. Levi now wants to conquer a challenge of encouraging young girls about being out alone, and not in their safe zone of home.
Out at 3:00 am, walking home to her mother’s house Levi was snatched up and thrown in the back seat of a car. The driver of the car, stood outside of the car, smoked a cigarette and guarded the brutal rape on the inside of the car. Levi was eventually dropped off on the corner of West McNichols and Rockdale on the Northwest side of Detroit. As she began to try and walk on McNichols street, a resident from a nearby apartment building was returning home, seen that something was wrong and helped Levi to safety.
Levi was traumatized, and needed help to overcome the obstacle that had changed her life for the worse. Rape counseling, therapy and anger management, would be the beginning of a vital journey, while she enveloped herself into a song that she wrote and recorded, called, The Testimony. The arrest did not happen right away but one day a call from the Detroit Police Department would begin to change her life, as Levi had to face the repercussion of being out alone at 3:00am on the streets of Detroit.
Convicted rapist, Christopher Lee Johnson would be identified through the description of his car in other unsolved rape cases. Levi’s rape kit had DNA that would solve multiple rapes in the City of Detroit. Johnson would be convicted of Levi’s rape, the driver was never identified was only a part of Levi’s case. Johnson had already been interrogated without Levi’s case, so no one knew of a driver until Levi’s case surfaced with rape kit DNA and a description of a car that put a serial rapist in prison.