Feds dispute claim that Kenyel Brown was released at the request of law enforcement

DETROIT — A day after Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced that a suspect in a series of Detroit-area murders was actually an informant for a DEA/Detroit Police Department task force, a federal attorney disputes the allegations regarding the informant’s story. According to the Associated Press, US attorney Matthew Schneider is denying reports that Kenyel Brown, 40, was released from surveillance at the request of a federal agency.

Earlier this week, The Detroit News reported that a U.S. District Court spokesperson said Brown was released “at the request of a federal law enforcement agency,” but that agency was not named. At a Wednesday press conference, Craig said Brown was removed from ATF supervision on Oct. 29, the same day he signed up as an informant for the task force. However, Schneider says that Brown’s release was not a request made by law enforcement.

“It has been reported that federal court released Kenyel Brown from custody at the request or direction of a federal law enforcement agency,” Schneider said in a statement released Thursday. “While our review of this case is in its early stages, I have seen no evidence that any law enforcement agency has asked federal court to release Brown or keep him. out of custody.”

During a probation violation hearing on October 29, federal judge Bernard Friedman chastised Brown for his actions, but then later said he was going to give the 40-year-old Brown a “break”, according to the transcripts. Craig said his department was unaware of Brown’s criminal history when they hired Brown as an informant.

“When we checked on Mr. Brown, we were unaware of his violations,” Craig said. “We would not have wanted to work with this individual.”

Brown has previously been convicted of several different charges, including manslaughter and possession of a stolen handgun. The AP also reports that Brown was arrested at least twice in the past year and repeatedly violated the terms of his probation while under federal supervision.

Earlier this month, Brown was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in an alleged shooting in River Rouge that killed 48-year-old Dorian Patterson and 52-year-old Kimberly Green. Brown was also named a suspect in three other murders and a handful of carjackings. in the Detroit area, but he has not been charged in those cases. Craig said Brown was deactivated as an informant after the charges were brought against Brown.

Brown is currently in critical condition after being shot himself in the head following a police chase on Monday.