In recent weeks we have reported on recent settlements on city lawsuits and criminal charges involving some police officers.
It made one commenter on our website to remark: “What in blazes is going on here?”
We couldn’t agree more.
While not getting into specifics, you have to wonder how things have broken down. Sure, there are some unscrupulous people looking to win the “Hamtramck lottery” – as some have come to call those taking advantage of the city to gain a windfall of money.
Part of the problem is that it costs an insane amount of money to defend against lawsuits, so the easiest – and cheapest – solution is to settle lawsuits.
All cities are vulnerable to this.
The other observation is that some city employees apparently need cultural sensitivity training.
Again, we do not mean to point fingers because there are many nuances involved.
Now that we have a new city manager, it behooves us to take another look at how we do things, and how we are interacting with each other.
Sept. 21, 2018