FLINT, MI: Justice for Tatiana Brown and Ashyrinta Clemons
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Early on the morning of August 26th, 2017, two 13-year-olds, Tatiana Brown and Ashyrinta Clemons were struck and killed by a maroon colored vehicle heading north on Saginaw St in Flint, MI. The driver fled the scene but later, after police recovered his car, turned himself in. The driver was later released because the City of Flint Police Department was unable to perform a proper investigation in a timely matter “due to understaffing.” The City of Flint, MI, a city of 100,000 residents has just ONE officer that handles traffic accidents (ONE!!) and average response times for priority-one 911 calls (shootings, stabbings, domestic violence) sits at an average of over 58 minutes as of July 2017. Flint Chief of Police Timothy Johnson explained,
“we're gonna have to expand the Traffic Bureau, we're gonna have to do some hiring and they're gonna have to give us more police officers," he said. "I don't know where they're gonna get the money from. I don't know what budget they're gonna have to take it from, but we need more Flint Police Officers to be able to service the citizens like we do."
To date, the man suspected of running down these two children still walks free. The Flint Police say that it could be 6 MONTHS or more before they're even able to complete an investigation. This is unacceptable. No family should have to suffer from this kind of negligence. The City of Flint, a city that stole the National spotlight over it's water crisis, has not only failed to deliver its residents safe clean drinking water, but has failed to deliver even the most basic level of policing. Please join in demanding expeditious justice for the families of Tatiana Brown and Ashyrinta Clemons and in calling upon Flint City Council to answer for this injustice.
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