Mayor Weaver, Flint PD Chief speak out about ‘Flint Town’

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson have broken their silence on the Netflix series “Flint Town.” (WEYI)

FLINT, Mich. --Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson have broken their silence on the Netflix series “Flint Town.”

Here’s what Mayor Weaver had to say:

While I haven’t seen all eight episodes yet, I hope the series shows the dedicated and hard-working men and women we have in the Flint Police Department. I hope viewers will see that despite all the challenges and obstacles they face, Flint police officers go out and do what they can to serve and protect our community, and that is something we should be proud of.”

Chief Johnson adds that it’s no secret that the Flint Police Department is understaffed and has limited resources.

However, I know firsthand that Flint police officers do what we have to do to effectively police this city and keep the residents safe, using tactics that are necessary and within the guidelines of the law,” said Chief Johnson.

Chief Johnson adds that when he came aboard, the film crew for the documentary had already been working with the department, so he let them continue because he found it important to show how the residents were impacted by the Flint water crisis and how the Flint Police Department policed the city given limited resources.

Mayor Weaver added that the documentary shows the “raw, ugly, but real truths about where the city was at that time, during the height of the water crisis. But, it is a very serious issue that impacted us all and the truth is not always pretty. Good or bad, this was our reality and we shouldn’t hide from it."

You can read their full statements here.

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