Grassroots effort underway to remove George Cushingberry - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Grassroots effort underway to remove city council member George Cushingberry

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

More trouble brewing for Detroit city council member George Cushingberry. A grassroots effort is underway to get him out of office.

Click on the video player to watch Randy Wimbley's report.

People who showed up at a community meeting Saturday were expected to talk about Cushingberry and possibly mounting a campaign to oust him but when they arrived they learned Cushingberry was not on the agenda.

John Rodriguez is one of several people living in Detroit's District 2 who want to push "Cush" out of office. He was heading to the Northwest Detroit Coalition meeting. Robin Barnes was coming out.

"We thought it was for one thing but then at the last minute they changed it," she said. "I guess they have the right to do that it's a little disappointing."

She's not the only one frustrated the coalition wouldn't address the controversy surrounding the councilman. Their neighborhoods put him in office.

"Is it business as usual in Detroit with Mr Cushingberry in office?" Bill Wellborne asked. "Trouble finds him. He has a knack for getting into trouble."

Police say Cushingberry had half a cup of alcohol in his car when he was pulled over earlier this month and his passenger may have been illegally transporting marijuana. We stopped by his house Saturday but no one answered.

Community leaders holding the meeting say they're open to sending a letter to emergency manager Kevyn Orr asking that Cushingberry be stripped of his power and his pay. No word from Orr on whether he'd consider doing that.

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Jimmy Buffett on why he loves to play in Detroit

    Jimmy Buffett on why he loves to play in Detroit

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:08:27 GMT
    Fox 2 caught up with Jimmy, who tells us he remembers working the crowd into party mode the day Detroit declared bankruptcy.
    Fox 2 caught up with Jimmy, who tells us he remembers working the crowd into party mode the day Detroit declared bankruptcy.
  • New hearing aid technology syncs with your iPhone

    New hearing aid technology syncs with your iPhone

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:03:18 GMT
    Ten percent of Americans have some hearing loss but most of the people who could get help from a hearing aid won't wear one because they are embarrassed. But now, new technology may change the way we feel about hearing aids.
    Ten percent of Americans have some hearing loss but most of the people who could get help from a hearing aid won't wear one because they are embarrassed. But now, new technology may change the way we feel about hearing aids.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:14:07 GMT
    Photo by Pat Krause who has loved ones buried at WoodmerePhoto by Pat Krause who has loved ones buried at Woodmere
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices