Residents speak out, “That murder, is that what it takes to get people’s attention?”


LANSING, MI (WLNS)- An update on the building where a 25 year old man was found shot dead earlier this month.

More than half a dozen residents of Washington Apartments tell Lansing City Council that they feel unsafe at a place they are supposed to call home.

“That murder, is that what it takes to get people’s attention?” a female resident said at the podium.

“Why do the City of Lansing continue to allow this type of thing go on in this building” another woman said.

“We now know, there’s been episodes of human feces in the stairwells. And again nobody, it honestly feels like nobody cares” One man said getting visibly upset at the podium.

Council Member Adam Hussain said he visited to the building earlier this week, and he could not believe his eyes. He took photos of garbage pilled-up, urine in the stairway, and even feces on the ground.

Hussain said he felt his safety in jeopardy, after someone threatened to shoot him.

“This is a very, very vulnerable neighborhood and I did not see one person, again walking these hallway, checking out conditions of the hallways, nothing.” Hussain said at the council meeting Friday.

6 News walked through the building, and residents had a lot to say.

“Don’t move here at all! Because it’s not safe for no-bodies kids” resident Katelynn Rogers said.

“I’ve heard gunshots off the balcony” Tyeara Holmes said.

“Management not taking anybody serious, they only get involved when they want to” Latoria Williams said.

According to Patricia Baines-Lake the executive director of the Lansing Housing Commission, 95 percent of residents are law-abiding citizens, and it’s the 5 percent, that create trouble.

According to Lake its the communities job to help report it.

“It is not just a building that we take for granted its a building that we ask the residents like every other resident to partner with them to keep the community as safe as possible” Patricia Baines-Lake said.

According to Lake next steps include, evicting problem residents, increasing police presence, exploring best housing practices, and trying to get a community watch group. According to Lansing police Chief Mike Yankowski the next plan they have in place is to hire a community police officer and assign them to that area by May.

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