Residents to EM: Bring back our books

Thousands of books thrown away, an accident

Residents in Highland Park are fed-up with the way the district's emergency manager is handling business.

This morning they took to the streets in an effort to make their voices heard. Deblon Jackson lives in the community.  She's upset with the fact that thousands of books were thrown out.

"They were thrown away because they were told they could not house them so they dumped them without even asking anyone," Jackson said.

She says had they asked they would've likely found people ready and willing to make a home for the books.  "We want to share these books and have a community center where the young people and the old people can come and look at some of these artifacts because these books were rare books that cannot be found that are out of publish now," Jackson said speaking out of frustration.

She was one of dozens that were protesting what Emergency Manager Dr. Donald Weatherspoon is calling a mistake.  A mistake he takes full responsibility for.

"They're dumped. Our deficit is $19-million dollars. We are charging him with malicious destruction," Linda Wheeler tells Action News. Wheeler is the chair of the Citizens for Highland Park. "We are charging him with malicious destruction. It's a crime. Children need books."

At one point during their protest people gathered in the street attempting to block cars. When that didn't work they positioned their cars in a line blocking all lanes of traffic across Woodward at Pilgrim.


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