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'Flint Town' is an eight episode documentary series that follows the understaffed Flint police department during the city's water crisis and the 2016 presidential campaign.

Inside a Broken Police Department in Flint, Michigan [New Yorker]
The photographer Zackary Canepari is among the few outsiders with sustained interest in the internal rot of this American city. A native of Boston who now lives between New York and the Bay Area, he has been documenting life in Flint since 2012, including the water crisis that poisoned the city’s residents; an eight-part documentary series called “Flint Town,” which Canepari made with Jessica Dimmock and Drea Cooper, premières on March 2nd, on Netflix. For his most recent series of images, he examined the Flint Police Department. How does law enforcement work in a place in constant crisis?

Finding Hope in the Flint Police Department [New York Times] by Brian Willingham, Flint police officer
In recent years here in Flint, we have been asked to do more with less. Our wages and benefits have been cut by more than a quarter since 2011. Because of budget issues, many of us have been laid off and rehired multiple times (for me, it was three times in six years). We used to number roughly 300 police officers; now there are only around 100. Nationwide, there is an average of three police officers for every 1,000 citizens; in Flint, it’s half an officer for every 1,000 citizens.

‘Flint Town’ Review: A Vital, Surprising Look at America Through the Eyes of Police Officers in New Netflix Series
One of the key moments in “Flint Town,” the newest Netflix documentary series, is not something that happens in Michigan but in Texas. Through archival news footage, we see a clip from President Obama’s address at the memorial service for the five officers killed in the July 2016 ambush in downtown Dallas. The president’s remarks included this idea: “We wonder if an African-American community that feels unfairly targeted by police and police departments that feel unfairly maligned for doing their jobs, can ever understand each other’s experience…We see all this, and it’s hard not to think sometimes that the center won’t hold and that things might get worse.”
posted by riruro (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Having lived in Flint for many years, I see parts of myself in this series. perhaps I'm biased but the show is outstanding. I know quite a few folks in this show and the policing style is unlike anything I have experienced. I remember hearing about camera crew's in flint and lived there during the filming of the show. What struck me was the timbre of the filming, twilight skies, night scences, elements of what is terrifyingly beautiful in flint.
posted by clavdivs at 1:57 PM on April 3, 2018

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