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Flint whistleblower gets attention from state Supreme Court

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FLINT, MI (AP) -

The Michigan Supreme Court is looking at the case of a Flint police officer who says he was put on road patrol in a dangerous area after criticizing how tax dollars were spent.

The state appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, found nothing illegal with what happened to Kevin Smith in 2013. But the Supreme Court last week told lawyers to file briefs about whether Smith is protected under Michigan's whistleblower law, among other issues.

The court could decide to take a full appeal or some other action.

Smith was a full-time police union president until Flint's emergency manager eliminated the position in 2012. He says he later got in trouble when he criticized how Flint was spending a special millage for public safety.

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