Flint, MI—Flint residents who are interested in being a part of the Black Lives Matter Advisory Council to the Flint Police Department are invited to officially express their interest.

The new citizen-led initiative announced this week by Mayor Sheldon Neeley is expected to have 7 members, so space is limited. Committee members must be residents of the City of Flint.

“The Black Lives Matter Advisory Council will help ensure our residents have a seat at the table and a direct connection to the City of Flint Police Department to express concerns and resolve issues,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “What happened to George Floyd is inexcusable. All of us — myself, protesters, and the City of Flint Police Department — are coming together, united in our commitment to justice and equality.”

Those interested in being a part of the advisory council can fill out an online application here or call (810) 259-5291 during normal business hours to apply over the phone. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. June 12, 2020.

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Along with basic contact information, applicants are asked to identify their community involvement and indicate why they would like to be a member of the Black Lives Matter Advisory Council to the Flint Police Department.

Creation of the Black Lives Matter Advisory Council is one piece of a six-part City of Flint action plan announced by Mayor Neeley this week. The plan was developed in conjunction with local protest organizers and Flint Police Chief Phil Hart.Other actions include:

— Formation of a Coalition of Black Mayors to address issues of systemic racism on a statewide level.— Instituting Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation training for the Flint Police Department through the leadership of Chief Hart.

— A resolution to denounce the use of illegal restraint methods and create a zero tolerance policy for their use.

— A resolution to declare racism a public health crisis.

— Adoption of a new ordinance to make bias crime reporting illegal.

The link to the online form is https://forms.gle/kzYpdZ2N3d68u82B6