City Leaders Object To Â?Murdertown USAÂ? Label 4-18-2011 - WNEM TV 5

City Leaders Object To Â?Murdertown USAÂ? Label 4-18-2011

A Mid-Michigan town is blasted on television and in the New York Times, but now city leaders are speaking out and fighting back against the “Murdertown, USA” label.
Flint Police Chief Alvern Locke said he gave a Detroit reporter permission to ride along with officers, but he said he had no idea how the story would actually turn out.
When Locke saw the story, he said it definitely wasn't what he approved. ""He portrayed in a very negative light," said Locke.
In the television version, the reporter claimed the city only has six police officers on patrol at any one time.
That had the community buzzing and circulating the video on the Internet. Locke said the story dished out many inaccuracies.
"What are the facts?” said Locke. “We have more than six officers all the time, that’s not true."
After a record number of homicides last year, the report deemed the city of Flint “Murdertown, USA.” The reporter also wrote a story in the New York Times saying to call Flint the Vehicle City is a lie, since several GM plants have left the area.
Mayor Dayne Walling was not pleased. He said no one ever contacted city leaders to contribute to the report. He calls the article a cheap shot.
"There's good journalism and there's media to stir up fear,” said Walling. “This was not a fair and accurate story."
The New York Times story comes just a week after Kiplinger named Flint as one of its 11 comeback cities for 2011.
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