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Flint council votes to shift around budget to put more officers on streets amid violence


FLINT, Michigan — The Flint City Council is making changes in the city's budget under a proposal by the mayor that would put more police officers on the streets amid a rash of violence.

The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1NpkiKr ) reports the council voted to move roughly $323,000 from the fire department to the police department for the current fiscal year. Walling said the funds were budgeted for unfilled firefighting positions.

Since July 31, 11 people have died in shootings in Flint, including a 1-year-old boy and his 70-year-old caregiver early Monday. There have been 35 homicides so far this year in the city, surpassing the total for all of last year.

Mayor Dayne Walling has also called on community members to help fight violence. Flint Police Capt. Collin Birnie said detectives need the public's help to close cases.

Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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