Dr. Isaiah "Ike" McKinnon is an institution in the city of Detroit, Michigan. In the three years that he held the title of Detroit's Chief of Police, he became one of the most visible public servants in the city, and used the opportunity given to him to enact a massive amount of change within the system in a very short time. After 30 years of service in the Detroit Police Department, he had the chance to bring his innate integrity and years of observation to the office. After years of obstacles and taking the road less traveled, Ike McKinnon thrived.
He fought crime on the streets. He tackled the corruption within the department. He developed solid police programs solely aimed at the prevention of crime and made sure that the police department was accessible, courteous and held responsible for its actions. His message was clear -- justice would be served.
But lke's term as police chief is only one chapter of this unique story. His is a story of pain. It is a story of brutality. And it is a story of racism. It is all of these things that begin his story, but do not end it. More importantly, it is a story of reconciliation, of commitment, of dedication, of love, of guidance, of fortitude, of hard work, of sacrifice and of service to family, community and country.