In March of this year, the city of Detroit was placed under the control of an emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Gary Brown, who was also appointed, is Detroit's chief compliance officer and is under the emergency manager, reports MediaMatters.org.
Brown ordered a portion of the electric grid, which powers the city, to be turned off last Wednesday without warning to "send a strong message," noted Fox 2 News (video below).
Unfortunately, Detroit's temperature was over 90 degrees during the power turn-off.
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Because of the partial power shut down, people were trapped in elevators and had to evacuate buildings, including a courthouse.
Bill Nowling of Orr's office told My Fox Detroit: "The outages are precautionary measure while DTE and city crews work to fix two main lines in the grid that went down earlier today."
Brown echoed the same statement, but appeared to be smiling when he explained how he ordered the power turned off (video below).
"We did start calling our customers prior to taking them down and asking them to comply and turn off their air conditioners, but they weren't responding as fast as we would have liked them to, and so we had to send a strong message by turning the power off," said Brown.
At one point Brown seemed to brag that he had turned the power back on for a building where people were trapped in elevators: "We're working very hard to get them out of the elevators. I've turned the power back in the building we're standing in front of to get people out of the elevators."