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September 25, 2014  

Mass Water Shutoffs, Ouster of City Manager Top Detroiters' Concerns

A Settlement In Police-Brutality Case, But The Matter Isn’t Settled

The federal trial to determine whether Detroit’s bankruptcy-exit plan is fair and feasible resumed this week after a one-week pause to allow Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., the largest creditor, to meet with the city and mediators on a possible settlement deal.

But Judge Steven Rhodes began hearing testimony from angry Detroiters vehemently opposed to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s draconian and arbitrary measures. Their objections, especially over extreme economic hardship, foreclosures and mass water shutoffs under Orr, are echoing beyond the courtroom; Detroiters want him gone by tomorrow, when his 18-month term ends.

Abayomi Azikiwe, our correspondent on Detroit’s bankruptcy, provides an update on the multipronged battle.

The City of Los Angeles last night settled a lawsuit by Marlene Pinnock, the woman seen on video being brutally beaten by California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Andrew on the side of a freeway on July 1.

Leid Stories explains why the $1.5 million settlement shouldn’t mean that the matter is settled. 

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