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Police: Back to the Bricks went smoothly

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(08/19/13) - Another Back to the Bricks weekend is in the books, and event organizers call it a success from start to finish.

They're not the only ones with that viewpoint. The head of a police task force for the Bricks says the weekend went off without a hitch.

Police formed a special task force a few years ago for Back to the Bricks. While the event keeps getting bigger, police are thrilled with how everything went last week.

Roaring cars produced smiling faces this weekend at Back to the Bricks, and Lt. Collin Birnie with the Flint Police Department is smiling, too.

"It went really well, I don't know how to say it better, I'm so happy it went well," Birnie said.

He's head of a task force made up of local, state and federal law enforcement, based right in Flint. Their job is take care of any crisis at Back to the Bricks. It was a job well done in 2013.

"Any problems that did arise were quelled very quickly and it was very peaceful good time," Birnie said.

Motorcycles helped officers maneuver through the packed crowds, and they only had a few small problems during the event.

"Groups of kids will cause trouble, minors will come in with no interest in vehicles just to meet with a social interaction, sometimes fights will break up but in all those occasions it was quickly taken care of," Birnie said.

Meanwhile the new Back to the Bricks director is looking for feedback. She wants to know how you think it could better, and she has a few surprises of her own.

"Very excited I have all kinds of things lurking in my mind some are interesting and will be a big surprise if we pull it off and some are bigger than that we can start our own rumors now," said Roberta Vasilow, the new Back to the Bricks director.

The most serious incident in Flint occurred a few hours after Back to the Bricks ended on Saturday. A man named Greg Watkins was shot and killed several blocks south of downtown. No one has been arrested in that case.

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