An event intended to provide housing vouchers to low-income families turned ugly in Michigan Saturday, resulting in at least four arrests, according to Detroit’s WWJ CBS-62 News.
Chaos erupted when the Wayne County Family Health Services Center didn’t have enough Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to accommodate all the people who turned out at a distribution site Saturday.
CBS-62 News reported:
Reports say the amount of people who showed up looking for assistance heavily outweighed the number of vouchers to be distributed. As the night was fading away and the sun started to shine, the crowd continued to grow as more and more people arrived. According to reports, only 1,000 vouchers were available for distribution. An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people were in attendance.
When it came time for the vouchers to be distributed, police said there was a mad rush for the door, with people jockeying for position to be the first inside the building. Officers tried to control the crowd, but couldn’t. Fearing the situation was more than they could handle, event organizers shut the entire thing down and turned off the lights inside the building. Witnesses say that’s when things really got ugly.
Star Lee, of Romulus, described the scene to CBS-62 as bedlam.
“People just don’t have order to themselves, you know what I mean?” she said. “People were fighting and throwing chairs, and that’s just not necessary. We were asked to just come and line up and, you know, make things simple. They shut it down before it even got started, and it’s just sad because some people really needed this help, this assistance.”
Candice Wacasey, of Taylor, told CBS-62 she was afraid for her own safety.
“When the lights went out, it went horrible,” she said. “People started trampling over people, there was a disabled lady that was in a wheelchair and they was trying to knock her over to get in front of her. I mean, just crazy.”
State police joined officers from the nearby towns of Brownstown, Romulus and Southgate to try to maintain order.
Whenever I visualize the financial meltdown in Greece, I don’t think of the massive debt the country continues to take on to pay for entitlement programs it cannot afford. I think, instead, of the riots that result when the government says it can no longer afford to pay for those benefits.
We have become Greece.
Read more at CBS-62 News.
The following is a Channel 7 WXYZ news account of the incident.
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