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Flint gets more than $1.4M for planning, anti-crime work

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) – (11/16/15) Flint is getting more than $1.4 million for planning and anti-crime fighting work.

The City of Flint and the Flint Police Foundation on Monday announced the funding from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

The grants include $320,000 for the Imagine Flint Neighborhood Planning Initiative and nearly $1.1 million for the North End Community Crime Strategy. The strategy targets changes in community infrastructure, culture and physical environment in order to reduce crime.

Both of the programs are focused on North Flint, an area recently identified by the foundation as a new focus for its philanthropic mission.

The grant funding periods run through 2017 for the Neighborhood Planning Initiative and through 2018 for the North End Community Crime Strategy.

Flint Civilians Help Protect Each Other from Violent Crime

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For years, crime has been running rampant on the streets of Flint. It all started when the auto industry moved out of the city and left many people jobless and struggling to get by. The city of Flint has not been able to provide ample police support to take the city back from the criminals so many citizens are taking matters into their own hands. A group in Flint has begun to post information on social media networks including when and where crime is happening so innocent citizens and bystanders can keep themselves safe and out of the mix. Check out the video below to learn more about this group.

 

 

To learn more about crime in Flint and what mayoral candidate Karen Weaver plans to do about it, visit www.karenaboutflint.com.

Less Cops Means More Violence in Flint

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One of the biggest problems in Flint today is violent crime. The recent increase in violent crimes such as rape, homicide and arson can be attributed to poverty, unemployment and several other factors. However, the lack of adequate police enforcement is what allows the violence to continue. Government officials laid off many law enforcement officers in Flint, resulting in the city having one of the highest civilian-to-cop ratios in the country. Check out this video to see what the people of Flint are saying about the decrease in police officers.

 

To learn more about Flint crime and what mayoral candidate Karen Weaver plans to do about it, visit www.karenaboutflint.com.

Flint Police Officers Association Endorses Karen Weaver for Mayor

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Officers cite rising crime, declining morale under Walling Administration

FLINT, Mich. (September 28, 2015) – The Flint Police Officers Association (FPOA) has endorsed Karen Weaver for Mayor of Flint. FPOA’s executive board voted unanimously to endorse Weaver.

Chief among the board’s decision making was the stark contrast between Walling’s broken relationship with the police department and Weaver’s desire to work with the department towards reducing crime and improving officer safety. Kevin Smith, president of FPOA and a 16 year veteran of the department, stated “I have seen plenty of mayoral administrations come and go. The Walling administration is dysfunctional”.

The board cited the following as examples of Walling’s failed leadership:

_    Flint has consistently been at the top of the FBI’s most violent cities list under Walling.

_    In 2011, Walling strangely blamed public safety employees for arsons that were later attributed to criminals that were not city public safety employees.

_    Walling’s $5.3 million police millage, designed to hire many more police officers to fight crime, misled the public and only resulted in a net gain of three officers several months after passage.

_    Walling refused to consider cost-cutting recommendations from FPOA and failed to negotiate in good faith – in part by appointing a personnel director with a past criminal record, resulting in mass layoffs.

_    Walling refused to change FPD leadership, despite rising crime and a vote of no confidence in Chief Lock by 85% of officers.

While all of these situations are troubling, one of the biggest concerns to officers is Walling’s belief that laying off police officers has no impact on crime. Of this, Smith says, “While Mr. Walling has made it known that he has many degrees, he doesn’t understand what is obvious to citizens – laying off police officers DOES have an impact on crime-it increases crime. You just don’t ask the citizens to approve a 5.3 million police millage to hire more police officers, and the citizens approve it, and then only hire three more officers. He duped the public. ”

Despite Walling attributing many of the city’s problems to emergency managers, Smith reminds voters that Dayne Walling supported the takeover before he was against it: “Just like flipping the switch on Flint’s hazardous water source, Walling flipped the switch on crime by laying off 57 police officers just months into his first term – despite double digit concession offers by the police officers.”

Smith continued, “FPOA is backing Karen Weaver because of her commitment to making Flint safe again, through cooperation and communication with the officers patrolling the streets. We believe Karen Weaver will be there with us preventing and fighting crime every day. Our city desperately needs a Mayor who will do this, and Weaver clearly is the best person and candidate we want with us in the trenches.”

Upon learning of the FPOA’s endorsement of her for Mayor, Weaver responded: “I highly respect, appreciate, and am thankful for the FPOA endorsement, and look forward to working daily with our police officers to prevent and attack crime in our city.”

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About FPOA: The Flint Police Officers Association represents the police officers of the City of Flint.

Gov. Snyder actively working toward solution for water crisis in Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/30/15) – Governor Rick Snyder is talking Flint water in Lansing, but still one big question remains – will Flint switch back to the Detroit water system?

The move has been gaining momentum in Flint and Lansing.

Wednesday, Snyder was asked about the Flint water crisis at a press conference for the newly-appointed Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

He told reporters that he’s working with city, state and federal leaders to come up with a plan to get better quality water flowing to the people of Flint – faster.

Whether or not that means switching to the Detroit water system from the Flint River is still a mystery.

“It appears that lead levels could be higher, or have increased. What can be done to deal with that in an effective fashion. Again, were looking at making sure they’re within safe limits according to the Federal Government, and I would expect us to have more to talk about this subject before the end of the week,” Snyder said.

ABC12 News learned this week that Snyder had a hand in distributing 1,500 water filters to Flint homes about a month ago.

He confirmed that at least part of the state’s future involvement in the crisis will include bringing more of those filters to the people of Flint.

Kalamazoo church brings bottled water to Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/30/15) – A church congregation 130 miles away from Flint was touched when it heard about Flint’s water worries.

Members of the First Congregational Church in downtown Kalamazoo heard about the problem with lead in the Flint water and wanted to help. So they passed around the offering plate and then went shopping for water.

A van and a crossover arrived jammed with 4,500 bottles of water, enough for nearly every student in the Flint Community Schools.

“I think that’s terrible, in the school of all places, where you expect kids to be safe, and lead is nasty stuff. That’s something we can’t have kids exposed to,” said Rev. Nathan Dannison, of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo.

The water was left at the administration building loading dock, where it will be divided up and sent to every Flint school. The church hopes to return with more water and water filters.

“We tend to put feet to our faith as soon as possible, so we trust that God’s going to come through for us and make sure we raise the resources we need to continue bringing fresh water,” Dannison said.

“We really appreciate the community wrapping its arms around our schools and helping us provide safe drinking water for all of our students. This will assure them that they’re getting clean drinking water for their learning and education,” said Tony Sitko, Flint Community Schools director of shared services.

“We all have to pull together and do what we can,” Dannison said.

If you want to donate bottled water, you can leave it at neighborhood Flint schools from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

There’s a high demand for bottled water at the high schools because of after-school programs and athletics.

Cashier’s checks and money orders made out to Flint Community Schools are also accepted.

More than 13,000 bottles of water have already been donated.

House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church holds free water giveaway

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/30/15) – Cases of bottled water went fast at a giveaway Wednesday afternoon in Flint.

The House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church on West Carpenter Road had about 700 cases of water to hand out.

A long line of cars stretched around the building, so they began a little early.

The water was gone in about an hour.

So far, the church hasn’t scheduled another giveaway.

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