Pistol-packin’ Monica


By Joel Thurtell

I’m against the death penalty, so I don’t agree with Monica Conyers that child-killers ought to be executed.

Dealt with strictly?


But the Detroit City Council President is correct when she says we ought to be “mad as hell” about a 4-month-old baby who was shot and killed in Detroit last week.

We ought to be mad as hell at anyone who shoots at kids.

Or brandishes guns around kids.

Guns and kids, don’t mix, do they Mon?

Monica Conyers ought to know. She’s threatened to shoot people, and she was described in a 2001 Detroit police report as a mom who pulled a gun on her own kid.

Wonder if she’s “mad as hell” at herself.

Monica is the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Here’s how I wrote about that cop write-up in an April 12, 2008 column:

A 7-year-old Detroit police report suggests that the councilwoman, wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., may indeed have the iron.

According to the police report, titled “Family Trouble,” a city police cruiser was flagged down by a 10-year-old boy at 1:20 p.m. on May 5, 2001. The boy told the officer his “mother pulled a gun out and threatened to shoot him,” according to the report.

The boy was John Conyers, son of the same Monica Ann Conyers who’s been threatening people with guns lately. His father is Congressman Conyers. The officer reported that the boy had run out of the Conyers’ home at 2727 Seven Mile Rd. in Detroit.

Ten minutes later, the cop found Monica. Mom told cops her son had pulled a butcher knife on her after she spanked him for not doing his homework. He didn’t threaten her, she said, but instead “jumped out of a bedroom window.”

The report doesn’t record Monica’s response to her son’s claim that she brandished a gun at him.

Mom “has been having problems with her son in the past,” the officer wrote.

The cop duly noted that the boy is Congressman Conyers’ child. Conyers pere wasn’t home when this incident happened.

The boy was turned over to Monica’s sister.

Nobody was injured, the report said.

Nobody was injured.

Well, that’s nice. At least no one was hurt, physically. But what’s a kid to think if his mom pulls a gun on him? What’s going on in a house where a kid pulls a knife and his mom draws a pistol?

Know what’s really bizarre?

Around the same time this happened, according to a Conyers staffer of the time, the congressman held a town hall meeting.

The topic?

Domestic violence.

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