Flint police chief speaks out about response allegations
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
Flint police Chief James Tolbert is speaking out about allegations his officers failed to show up to a reported assault at a local pizza store.
It happened in February at the Dominos on Ballenger Highway at Miller Road.
An employee said she went outside to get the license plate of a disgruntled customer who had just got into a verbal altercation about a problem with their $97 order from a week before. When the employee went outside, she was attacked.
Her manager, who was inside the store, called 911 and even hit the store's panic button, but they said police never came.
Tolbert said they are still investigating the incident.
"When we look at the full investigation, we'll look at our policies and procedures. It may be something as simple as making sure we empower our dispatchers to remove officers from report runs to send them to other more higher priority runs," said Tolbert.
Tolbert said he is prepared to make changes to the system based on what they learn from this incident and he wants the Flint community to be able to rely on their police department.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:11:15 GMT
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