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Former DPS teacher confined to wheelchair arrested protesting Detroit water shutoffs

Baxter Jones sits in police van following arrest July 18.

Baxter Jones sits in police van following arrest July 18. DALE RICH PHOTO

DETROIT – Former Detroit Public Schools teacher Baxter Jones sits in a police van following his arrest July 18for blocking the Homrich shutoff trucks from leaving the East Grand Blvd. company siteJones is one of 19 who have been arrested since July 10, when water rights activists began blocking the Homrich trucks. Detroit Water and Sewerage Department began a program of massive water shutoffs in March and have disconnected as many as 15,000 homes under the orders of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. The wrecking company has a $5.6 million contract to conduct the water shutoffs and turn-ons.

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