Many crimes in Flint go unsolved because witnesses don't come forward due to their fear of retaliation. But the city of Flint is looking to change that as it explores the possibility of setting up a witness protection program.

Flint Police Chief Terence Green says that possibility may become a reality and he hopes that it will lead to more citizens coming forward.

“I think this will send a resounding message to those individuals that we are seeking information from that we’ll do everything to protect you and your family,” Green tells WNEM TV-5 in the video below.

 

There's a "No Snitching Rule" on the Streets

Green goes on to say that of the more than 50 homicides that have occurred so far in 2021, a majority of them have been retaliatory in nature. He says many of those could be solved if someone who knows something would just come forward.

“That’s the reason why we’re going to use this witness protection program to bring those individuals forward, gain their trust and get them to provide information to bring those to justice that are responsible,” Green said.

 

Funding the Program

Green says money to fund the program would come from the American Recovery Act. Flint has received about $99 million as part of President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan. If the program becomes a reality, it would help provide money for witness protection and relocation.

Green tells WNEM that the program could be implemented by the end of this year.

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Check Out the Harper House, a Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Michigan

The Harper House is a stunning home with an incredible view of Lake Michigan. It's believed to be one of just a few Michigan homes designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

There are conflicting accounts of the home's age online; it was either built in 1950 or 1959. If the latter is true, this would make it the last home in Michigan to be designed by Wright.

According to the listing, it features Tidewater Cypress and Chicago Common Brick, mitered glass corners, several pieces of built-in furniture, cedar-lined closets, and more. It is simply breathtaking.

The property is reputed to rarely go on the market, but it was just listed for sale by by Anne Gain of @Properties.