NAACP Questions Police In Serial Stabbing Case 8-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

NAACP Questions Police In Serial Stabbing Case 8-23-2010

The Flint branch of the NAACP met with local officials Monday morning to seek answers regarding the Flint-area serial killer and "their non-communication" with the community.
The group said it wants to know why police didn't share more information with the public earlier regarding the Flint attacks. The NAACP said they hope to improve police communication with the community as a result of the meeting.
The meeting was held at Macedonia Missionary Branch Church in Flint and several key leaders were in attendance, including -- Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton and Flint Police Chief Alvern Locke.
Flint resident Elias Abuelazam, 33, is currently charged with assault with intent to commit murder in the July 27 stabbing of a 26-year-old Flint man.
Investigators said he responsible for stabbing at least 18 men in Michigan, Virginia, and Ohio between May and August. Fourteen of those attacks occurred in Genesee County, 12 of the victims were African-American. In all, five people died.
During the meeting, Locke told the crowd in a given year police have 40,000 cases and only 10 investigators on the job.
Locke said he's not making any excuses, but admits police may have been able to connect the serial killer stabbings earlier if his department was fully staffed.
Abuelazam has been held in an Atlanta jail since his Aug. 11 arrest. He waived extradition on Aug. 13.
Abuelazam is expected to return to Michigan this week.
Authorities are using most of that time to arrange security for Abuelazam and the officers who will escort him back.

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