On April 15, Handy made the controversial decision to send a police force to the site of an anti-tax protest that was staged by proponents of the Dillon recall. He justified this decision by calling the recall organizers "outside protestors." He said, "We plan to send them a bill for orchestrating an event and costing Redford Township precious resources."
"The petitioner activists have slogged through frigid, dark February and cold, snowy March collecting signatures. They have faced off against nasty thugs employed by Andy Dillon. They have been confronted by Redford Police Officers who are forced to discourage petitioners by Redford Supervisor Miles Handy - Dillon's close political ally."
Real estate development to provide homes to police officers at discounted sales price
Handy indicated to the Detroit Free Press in April 2008 that Redford Township had set aside $400,000 for redevelopment of a dozen foreclosed-upon homes. He stated that it was his intention to "try to lure the city's police and firefighters into some of the homes at a discounted sale price." According to what Supervisor Handy told the newspaper:
"We'll purchase every one we can for $1. The way we look at it, if we demolish the property, then we can sell the lot. If we fix the home up ... put $40,000 into making it a nice attractive home site, we get a resident in our community and get rid of a potential eyesore."
Handy retracts bonuses to police officers for writing tickets
In August 2007, a protest at the Redford Township police station led Handy to end his practice of giving police officers a cash bonus for writing traffic citations.
Redford Township is a western suburb of Detroit. As measured in the 2000 census, the population is 51,622. The unemployment rate in Redford Township is 9.9%.
- Miles Handy
- Detroit Free Press, "Battered speaker stands by role in budget dealing; Lansing's crisis shook young political career", October 24, 2007
- Detroit Free Press, "Cops to maintain order at group's protest", April 15, 2008
- Repeat offender caught again
- Michigan Conservative Dossier, "Thirty days left to recall Speaker Dillon"
- Detroit Free Press, "Race heats up for $1 homes", April 13, 2008
- The Newspaper, "Community Protest Torpedoes Ticket Quota", August 22, 2007