Flint Police Department fires back against criticism from Lapeer County detective

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/7/2018) - Flint police are "deeply offended" by comments from a Lapeer County detective made a year ago in a video circulating on social media this week.

Flint Police Department Det. Sgt. Tyrone Booth issued a statement on Friday saying Police Chief Timothy Johnson and the department's administrative staff are "deeply offended by the unprofessional remarks."

"We are proud of the rich heritage and our opportunity to serve the great citizens of the City of Flint. We will continue to fulfill our commitment to the resilient citizens in our city," Booth said.

The video taken inside the Lapeer County Courthouse in November 2017 appears to show Det. Gary Parks with the Lapeer County Sheriff's Office making derogatory statements about crime in Flint and the city's police.

The year-old video was posted to social media this week and had been shared widely by Thursday evening.

Booth said the "imbecilic" comments about Flint and the police department fail to account for a 15 percent decrease in Part I crimes this year compared to last year, including a 12 percent decrease in violent crime and a 10 percent decrease in homicides.

Booth also pointed out that many crimes in Flint are committed by people who don't live in the city.

"The individuals come from surrounding communities like the one that this detective should be spending his time protecting, instead of talking about a community that he clearly does not understand," Booth said.

Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna has launched an internal investigation into the comments made on the video. It was unclear when the investigation would be complete or what disciplinary action is being considered.

"It is our hope that proper disciplinary actions will be taken against this detective to clearly show that Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department does not support this type of conduct," Booth said.

See Related Documents on the right side of this story for the full text of Booth's statement.

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