Electronic device found in office within Flint mayor's office
(11/19/19) - How long has it been there? Who put it there?
Those were just a few of the questions swirling around Flint City Hall after investigators said an electronic device had been discovered inside of an administrative office, within the mayor's office.
A press release from the Flint Police Department only confirmed a device had been found. Investigators initially called it a surveillance device, but later said they are determining whether it could record data.
ABC12 News reached out to former city officials within the Mayor's office. We were told former mayor Karen Weaver was unavailable because she is out of town.
ABC 12 also contacted former Flint public information officer Candice Mushatt. We were unable to reach her through the cell number previously provided to us, but Mushatt did respond in an email.
She said since no longer worked for the city, she would not be able to provide a comment, and she was unaware of any devices found. Mushatt also said she could not confirm if a device had been discovered.
While it was still unclear just how that device may have been used inside of Flint City Hall, we did look into Michigan law on the use of surveillance devices.
Michigan law made it a crime to "use any device to eavesdrop upon conversation without the consent of all parties. And if you plan on recording a conversation to which you are not a party, you must get the consent of all parties to that conversation."
Michigan law also made it a crime to "install, place, or use in any private place, without the consent of the person or persons entitled to privacy in that place, any device for observing, recording, transmitting, photographing, or eavesdropping upon the sounds or events in that place."