Posted August 29, 2019 08:37:51 FBI agents and a team of Michigan State Police troopers are on the case after being tipped off to the discovery of the Flint Police Department’s (FPD) search warrant application to raid an apartment complex on August 13.
The FBI and local prosecutors said the search warrant was used to seize computer equipment and documents.
“This is an incredibly important case that raises serious questions about the ability of law enforcement to protect the public from violent criminals,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Paul Fuchs said in a statement.
“In addition to the search warrants in this case, the FBI has evidence linking at least three suspects in this investigation to violent crimes and at least one of them to the Flint Public Schools.”
Flint police said in the affidavit that the warrant application was obtained after a tip from an anonymous tipster.
It was not immediately clear if the search was part of a larger investigation.
Fuchs said the FBI had no comment about the warrant applications, which were first reported by the Lansing State Journal.
Flinth Police Chief James Kallos has said his department is cooperating with the FBI investigation.
He told local media he believes the search of the apartment complex was part “of a concerted effort” to find out who was at the apartment.
“It’s a sad day when the FPD and the state’s attorney’s office decide to target a home, in this instance, as part of their investigation into the alleged involvement of a school official with the Flint Water Department,” Kallus said.
“That’s just wrong.”
Kallos did not elaborate on the search and said it would be inappropriate for him to comment further.
“I want to make sure this investigation is completed properly,” he said.
Authorities in Michigan and elsewhere have said a local official was a part of the water contamination of Flint schools and was responsible for the corrosion of pipes that lead to homes.
Federal investigators in the state have said they have no evidence linking the FDP to the contamination.
Officials with the Detroit Police Department and the FBI are also investigating.
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