Flint leaders calling for change in MSP policy after multiple deadly incidents
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:54:37 GMT —
Local community leaders are demanding answers from Michigan State Police after two deadly police chases and a standoff and shootout with wanted fugitive Daron Gaylor.
â??I will not say it was unjustifiable or not but I will say that it could've been dealt with better,â?? says Flint councilman Wantwaz Davis.
â??Those troopers are in dangerous situations and they have to make split-second decisions,â?? says Lt. Det. Brian Cole, public information officer for Michigan State Police.
â??We feel the state police are disrespecting where we raise our families,â?? says Frances Gilchirst, president of the Flint chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. Sheâ??s calling on governor Rick Snyder to end police chases in flint.
â??We are not a police state, we are a community,â?? says Gilchrist.
â??They run through here like renegades and they overrule their better judgement and they use all ill-rational (sic),â?? says Davis.
â??Everything that we do is always investigated, we always analyze and evaluate everything that we do,â?? says Cole.
More than 50 state troopers assisting Flint police in the past two years. Violent crime has fallen 25-percent in Flint from 2012 to 2013. Gilchrist says she appreciates the police effort but wants more community policing.
â??We understand that crime is at an all-time high,â?? says Gilchrist. â??But the end doesn't justify the means."
â??We want these family members to feel ok and to feel safe,â?? says Cole.
Councilman Wantwaz Davis is planning a protest on Monday at 4 oâ??clock at Flint City Hall.