Detroit police suffered the loss of three officers killed in the line of duty in 2016, plus the death of Michigan-native Michael Krol in the July 7 Dallas police shootings. Krol, whose funeral was held in suburban Detroit, was one of five officers killed in the deadliest assault on police since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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(left) Shayla Weston, of Redford, sheds a tear as she holds her daughter Alencia, 8, beside her mother Laurel Wales, of Hale, as they show their support outside the funeral service for slain officer Michael Krol at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Redford Township Tuesday on July 19, 2016. Krol, who obtained a criminal justice degree from Wayne State University and worked at the Wayne County Jail between 2002 and 2007, was one of five officers killed by a gunman during an attack on Dallas police during a protest. The July 7 shooting was the deadliest attack on police since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Hundreds of police officers line up to pay their final respects at the funeral of fallen Wayne State University Police officer Collin Rose held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Thursday morning, Dec. 1, 2016. Memorials have been held all week for the beloved officer including a visitation at Ford Field, a vigil at Wayne State University and a march through the Woodbridge neighborhood where Rose was shot. “He would do anything to help people, and he would do it with that infectious smile he had,” said WSU Police Chief Anthony Holt.

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A women sheds a tear during a vigil held for fallen Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose on Wayne State’s Campus in Detroit on Nov. 29, 2016. During the candle light vigil at 6:31 p.m., the time Rose was shot on duty last week, a moment of silence was held. At the ceremony Rose was awarded the ‘Citation of Valor,’ the highest award issued by this department and posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant and head of the K9 Unit. Rose, 29, died one day after he was shot in the head a few blocks from the Wayne State University’s campus in Midtown Detroit after stopping a man on a bicycle.

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Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil’s casket is carried to the hearse outside of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Steil, 46, succumbed to a gunshot suffered while in the line of duty. Known as ‘Shark,’ Steil was an Underwater Rescue Team and Special Operations Team member who worked in the Ninth Precinct. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, and children, William, 5, and Alexander, 3. “He wasn’t just a superhero to his kids … He was a superhero to so many people,” said Rev. Msgr. G. Michael Bugarin, who presided over the funeral.

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JoAnn Steil, wife of slain Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil, holds her son Alexander, 3, as her husband’s casket is put into the hearse outside St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Steil, 46, died unexpectedly five days after being shot in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun by a man suspected in the shooting of his father and a carjacking the day prior.

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Wayne State University Police officers hug beside slain Wayne State University K-9 police officer Collin Rose’s police cruiser at the visitation held for Rose inside Detroit’s NFL stadium, Ford Field, Wednesday morning Nov. 30, 2016. Hundreds of police, K-9s and their handlers, family and community members lined up outside of the stadium to pay their respects for Rose, who was killed in the line of duty at 29-years-old.

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Three-year-old Alexander Steil, son of slain Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil and dressed in a police uniform, looks down out of this father’s police cruiser as the funeral procession for Steil leaves St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who spoke to the sergeant in the hospital, said Steil thanked God he was still going to be there for his wife and sons. Speaking during the funeral Duggan continued, “Now we know he’s not going to be there, but I want JoAnn and her children to know that 700,000 people in the city of Detroit will be.” Steil, 46, died unexpectedly five days after being shot in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun by a man suspected in the shooting of his father and a carjacking the day prior.

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Emus defending against stray dogs, fish grown in greenhouses, bees that “don’t discriminate” and mushrooms growing in a spare bedroom — Detroit’s urban farms are anything but normal.

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Susan Y Kim, of Royal Oak, picks weeds out from the rows of tomatoes growing at one of the largest urban farms in Detroit, Food Field, on Friday afternoon, July 15, 2016. Kim, a Cranbrook art student with the summer off, decided to volunteer at Food Field to better understand where her food comes from and how its grown. “It feels good to have so many people interested in what we’re doing here,” said Food Field founder Noah Link.

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Noah Link, founder of Food Field, nets two bluegill fish from the 7,000-gallon aquaponics system inside one of his farm’s greenhouses in Detroit on July 15, 2016. The fish swim in a 4-foot-deep tank, and above them sits a 500-square-foot growing space for vegetables and seedlings that live off the fish waste, in turn purifying the water below. A combination of hot summer weather and a problem with the oxygen levels killed of most of his catfish, which he hoped would hit the market in the fall. We’re going to have to modify the setup a little bit and figure it out,” said Link.

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(center) Green Toe Gardens co-founder Joan Mandell shows Tom Fisher, 59 of Royal Oak, and Anna Moceri, 39 of Oakland Township, a frame covered in honeycomb during a hands-on beekeeping class of first year students hosted by Green Toe Gardens at urban farm and apiary Food Field in Detroit on Tuesday evening, Aug. 16, 2016. “Bees fly two miles to find nectar. They don’t discriminate whether it’s from the city or the suburbs. We feel like we’re doing the same thing,” said Mandell. Joan and her husband Rich Mandell have been educating others for nearly ten years on the intricacies of beekeeping and the impact bees have to the ecosystem.

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An Oyster mushroom grows in a humidity-controlled room room built in the basement of Deana Wojcik, 30, and Chris Carrier’s, 33, Detroit home, June 17, 2016. Wojcik and Carrier started Detroit Mushroom Factory nearly 2 years ago and now grow seven different types edible fungi out of their house. The couple currently sells their mushrooms in small batches at Eastern Market and to local Detroit restaurants. “It’s not super-saturated, but there’s a lot of customers and a lot of restaurants and markets,” Carrier said. “And we already knew about mushrooms and we saw there wasn’t anyone doing mushrooms on a big scale here yet.”

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Tom Fisher, 59 of Royal Oak, slowly pulls out a honeycomb frame covered in bees during a hands-on beekeeping class with Green Toe Gardens, Tuesday evening at urban farm and apiary Food Field in Detroit, Aug. 16, 2016. “Bees are an indication of what’s going on in the environment,” said Joan Mandell, co-founder of Green Toe Gardens. “What’s so different about (beekeeping in) Detroit is that there is so much land, you can spread out hives on the ground. When compared to Chicago and Brooklyn, you have to keep hives on rooftops.” Green Toe Gardens cares for about 100 bee hives located in 20 different locations around the city of Detroit and in the suburbs.

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Solar panels in a chicken coop power a 7,000-gallon aquaponics system which raises about 400 bluegill and catfish inside a 4-foot-deep tank at Food Field in Detroit, July 15, 2016. The fish swim in a 4-foot-deep tank, and above them sits a 500-square-foot growing space for vegetables and seedlings that live off the fish waste, in turn purifying the water below. The water pump is powered from the solar panels. The farm also keeps 73 chickens, two emus and two peacocks.

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Deana Wojcik, 30, picks mushrooms from the growing room built in her basement, which is controlled for humidity Friday, June 17, 2016. Wojcik and her boyfriend Chris Carrier, 33, started Detroit Mushroom Factory nearly 2 years ago. “So many people were starting businesses, so we thought ‘We’re here. We should do what Detroiters do.’ We had some other ideas, but there’s so much agriculture happening here,” said Carrier.

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Fresh greens dry in a makeshift prep station at the 4-acre Food Field, located between Detroit’s stately Boston Edison and blighted Dexter-Linwood neighborhoods July 15, 2016. “I had gotten into organic farming after college,” said Laingsburg, Mich. native Noah Link who founded the farm in 2011 “… I was at a point trying to figure out what I wanted to do next, and got inspired by some of the stuff already happening in Detroit.” Food Field produces a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs to sell at farmer’s markets, to local chefs and through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system.

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Enbridge Energy pipeline maintenance crews from Mashall, Mich., place an oil containment boom in the St. Clair River during a oil spill practice drill in Marysville, Mich. on Wednesday morning, May 25, 2016. The full-scale spill response exercise was done alongside the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal and local safety and environmental officials. It was meant to simulate a 13-minute, 5,000-barrel spill from Enbridge Line 5. Line 5 runs from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, under the Straits of Mackinac, across the Lower Peninsula and underneath the St. Clair River before reaching Sarnia, Ontario’s “Chemical Valley” industrial complex. The line carries light crude oil and liquid natural gas products.

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(left) Vicko Alvarez and Rey Irizarry, of Chicago, dance together at the 18th annual Blessing of the Lowriders in Southwest Detroit on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Custom car owners and their families attend the annual event to bless their rides before the start of cruising season.

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A Buick Regal customized with hydraulic suspension sits parked with one wheel off the ground at the 18th annual Blessing of the Lowriders in Southwest Detroit on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Custom car owners and their families attend the annual event to have their rides blessed before the start of cruising season.

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A brief rain shower brings relief from the heat Sunday afternoon on the second day of the 2016 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza on May 29, 2016. Over 120 acts will perform over the Memorial Day weekend festival.

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Angelica Cates, of Ann Arbor, cools off in the fountain in Hart Plaza Sunday afternoon during the second day of the 2016 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit on May 29, 2016. Over 120 acts will perform over the Memorial Day weekend festival.

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Joey Melo, of Northville, climbs the famous Noguchi fountain in Hart Plaza Monday afternoon on the last day of the 2016 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Downtown Detroit on May 30, 2016.

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Snow flurries didn’t deter crowds from attending Eastern Market’s 50th annual Flower Day on Sunday morning in Detroit, May 15, 2016. Growers are expected to sell up to 15 acres worth of colorful annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetable and fruit plants, shrubs and trees by the end of the day. Eastern Market’s Flower Day is one the largest open-air flowerbed market in the country.

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Leslie Caryl, of Warren, looks at the flowers for sale on Sunday morning during Eastern Market’s 50th annual Flower Day in Detroit, May 15, 2016. Growers are expected to sell up to 15 acres worth of colorful annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetable and fruit plants, shrubs and trees by the end of the day. Eastern Market’s Flower Day is one the largest open-air flowerbed market in the country.

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Teenagers take a break from the heat across the street from a house fire which injured two firefighters Tuesday in an explosion at a home on Hazelwood and 14th in Detroit on May, 24, 2016.

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Hundreds of teachers march down Grand Blvd during a “sick-out” rally in Detroit’s New Center on Monday morning, May 2, 2016. Educators shut down 94 Detroit Public Schools during the sick-out Monday, which was called for by the Detroit Federation of Teachers union, amid fears of not being paid. The school district announced it is unsure whether there will be enough money to pay teachers in May and June as it awaits a decision from the state legislature on debt relief.

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(center) Eight-year-old Alise Anaya, a Detroit Public School student at Academy of the Americas, holds up a sign reading, “Pay my teachers and my mom!” Her mother Alise, a Detroit Public School teacher at Clippert Academy, followers behind her as they march in a Òsick-outÓ rally in DetroitÕs New Center on Monday morning, May 2, 2016. Educators shut down 94 Detroit Public Schools Monday during the sick-out, which was called for by the Detroit Federation of Teachers union, amid fears of not being paid. The school district announced it is unsure whether there will be enough money to pay teachers in May and June as it awaits a decision from the state legislature on debt relief.

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