The neighborhood watch and crime-fighting group Detroit 300 on Friday disputed media reports that the organization had issued identification cards in order to prevent non-members from posing as its representatives.
Che Daniels, a Detroit 300 board member, secretary and spokesman, acknowledged the group was giving out identification cards, but told The Huffington Post that media reports on the subject were "half-truths" and "misrepresentations".
"We passed out IDs to committee members to detail their responsibilities," he said. "We have a lot of people coming aboard. We want to be able to identify those persons and their responsibilities."
The Associated Press reported the group was creating photo IDs with bar codes and holograms, and linked them to an alleged statement by the group's co-founder Angelo Henderson claiming people wearing "Detroit 300" logos were wrongly speaking on behalf of the organization.
WDIV reports Detroit 300 and the Detroit Police are currently facing a lawsuit from two local women, Jessica Brown and her mother Stephanie, who say they were threatened by members of the activist group during an alleged investigation into the killing of the 9-month-old Delric Miller.
In February, following a series of child deaths, the organization announced it would organize patrols to begin tracking down suspects involved in those crimes.