Detroit City Council Member: I’ve Received Death Threats

DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit City Council member says she is the target of death threats, following the approval of a consent agreement that’s now in place with the state — and she says she’s not alone.

Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas she’s been the recipient of threats, and more.

“I’ve received some threats, yes,” said Jenkins. “It’s especially unnerving when in addition to threats, people are picketing at your private home.”

Jenkins said it’s all over her “yes” vote supporting the consent agreement. While things haven’t escalated to violence, Jenkins has had to ask for police protection at least once.

“We did have a car who gave my home some extra protection when the protesters were out, just in case something happened. They’re there if we ever feel threatened, the police are there to help us,” she said.

Jenkins said when she ran for a seat on City Council, she had no idea how difficult it would be.

“I had no idea, but I keep saying, you can’t complain when you get what you asked for. I asked for this, but I had no idea. I knew it would be rough, but I didn’t know it would be this rough,” she said.

Jenkins said other council members have also received threats, although she declined to identify them directly.

Earlier this month, council voted 5-4 to approve a financial stability agreement with the state to avoid an emergency manager and potential bankruptcy.

Following the vote, Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement:

“The council has acted responsibly to put Detroit on the path to financial stability. Approval of the consent agreement is a positive opportunity for the city and our entire state. It’s a clear message that we will move forward – and win – as one Michigan. We all want Detroit to succeed. This agreement paves the way for a good-faith partnership that will restore the fiscal integrity taxpayers expect and ensure the delivery of services that families deserve.”

Several Detroiters have voiced their displeasure with agreement, but many have said they prefer it to an emergency manager.

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