City ranked as third most dangerous 'needs help' - WNEM TV 5

City ranked as third most dangerous 'needs help'

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Flint Flint
FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Two Mid-Michigan cities have been ranked near the top of America’s most dangerous cities using data from the FBI’s recently released 2014 crime statistics.

Michigan State Police Lt. Commander Tom Kish said Flint needs help.

"We are not going to arrest our way out of this problem," Kish said.

With a population of less than 100 thousand people Flint ranks as no. 3 as the most violent city in America based on data from the FBI.

Mayor Dayne Walling has been facing this problem ever since he took office and not much has changed.

Homicides are up nearly 70 percent this year.

"Last year we had little bit of an anomaly in terms of overall homicide," Walling said. “At last count, 43, which is a disturbing number. But there are a lot of other factors that come into play when we talk about these numbers. The least of which are unemployment rates in the city we're talking about some of the more distressed parts of our community."

Kish said this is not a battle you win over night, it's one you win with time and with help from your neighbors.

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