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Detroit Activist Ron Scott Dies

Longtime Detroit activist Ron Scott has died.

He was 68.

Scott was known for his fight against police brutality in the city and beyond through the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, an organization he founded in 1996.

Scott worked as a political consultant and media strategist, according to Detroit NewsHe also consulted for former U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s campaigns.

“There’s nobody in Detroit to fill Ron’s shoes,” said Sandra Hines, co-chair of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. “He was really the founder of the organization, the one who saw the need to even establish the coalition. He valued people and believed in people. We want to continue that legacy.”

The activist’s family said in a statement Monday afternoon that they are grateful for the outpouring of support locally and nationally following Scott’s death.

“Ron was our brother, and we all benefited from his wisdom and love as the elder member of the family; but we also know and understand that he belonged to the community as well. The tributes that we have already seen have helped to assuage our sadness at this tremendous loss.”

Funeral arrangements are being planned along with a special tribute to Scott’s life and legacy.

Rest in power Mr. Scott. Our condolences go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.