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Residents protest police pursuits & water rates

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Public safety and high water rates, those are the two biggest concerns for most residents in Flint. On Monday night nearly 100 people took part in a protest to take a stand and voice their concerns.

Two recent high speed chases involving Michigan State Police troopers ended in crashes in which passengers were killed. Flint city councilman Wantwaz Davis helped organize the protest, to bring attention to what he calls "careless pursuits."

"If the people who is supposed to protect us and take care of our welfare is killing us, then who can we reach out to," asked Davis at the protest.

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert also stopped by the protest to show support for the community. But he says MSP officers are not solely to blame for the pursuits.

"You don't know what's going to happen when you run from the police. Police officers are trained very well in pursuit driving. People who run from the police are not," said Tolbert.

But, William Hill still questions the process. His nephew is currently in jail after he lead an MSP officer on a high speed chase last month. He crashed and his female passenger was killed.

"He was pulled over for failure to yield at a yield sign. If you're chasing somebody, make sure it's for something worth it because people lose their lives. It affects everybody," Hill commented.

And high speed chases weren't the only reason for the protest. High water rates also have residents fired up. Many say they can't afford to pay their water bills and the rates were just increased. They say enough is enough.

"You cannot have women, children, seniors with no water. The social agencies are overloaded right now. They don't have help. So what do you do for these people? Except come out here and hope our voice will make a difference," commented Lorriann Dunigan who attended the protest.

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