Michigan State Police

Rep. Manoogian alleges Rep. Marino committed domestic violence

BY: - September 15, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) released a statement Wednesday afternoon alleging that state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.), who was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday without explanation, committed domestic violence. “The unfortunate reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic abuse, which often comes from someone we would never expect,” Manoogian […]

GOP bill bans Whitmer from using warning system — but not the one she used during pandemic

BY: - September 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday to bar the state’s public threat alert system from being used to inform Michiganders about a new law or executive order.  House Bill 4061, introduced by state Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland), was in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer using an alert system to tell residents about stay-home orders […]

On this day in 1967: First African American becomes Michigan state trooper

BY: - August 18, 2021

On Aug. 18, 1967, Jack Hall was sworn in as a Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper. He was the first African American to serve in that capacity.  MSP was founded in 1917.  Prior to his service as a trooper, Hall had been a Benton Harbor police officer for five years and had completed one year […]

Whitmer signs $385M spending bill for flood relief, hospitals

BY: - July 26, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Monday a $384.7 million spending bill that includes mostly federal funds for hospital costs related to COVID-19, child development and care program providers, disaster relief and public safety efforts and prisoners who were wrongfully imprisoned.  Whitmer signed the bipartisan Senate Bill 27, a supplemental spending bill for the current […]

Health officials carrying out COVID-19 probe after outbreak linked to Faster Horses Festival

BY: - July 26, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that it is working with local public health departments on an investigation of cases of COVID-19 illness associated with the Faster Horses Festival, which was held July 16 to 19 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.  At least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified […]

State police data: More than 1/5 of traffic stops involve Black motorists

BY: - July 16, 2021

More than one in every five — 21.5% — of Michigan State Police (MSP) traffic stops in 2020 involved Black motorists — a percentage significantly higher than the African-American population in Michigan that stands at about 14%.   State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), executive vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, was disturbed after reviewing […]

Senate sends $385M in spending for flood damage, hospitals and childcare to Whitmer

BY: - July 15, 2021

Updated, 1:18 p.m. 7/15/21 with Biden’s action The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a $385 million spending plan that would help Southeast Michigan recover from flooding, boost childcare reimbursement rates, aid hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and more. President Joe Biden on Thursday approved a national disaster declaration for Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The Senate […]

ACLU files discrimination suit against Michigan State Police 

BY: - June 23, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan said on Wednesday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against the Michigan State Police (MSP) on behalf of two African Americans who said that they were racially profiled during a wrongful traffic stop. The incident occurred in August 2019 in Oak Park near the Detroit border. […]

Rep. Jones reportedly facing one felony, two misdemeanor charges after I-96 crash 

BY: - April 15, 2021

State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) was found at the scene of a car crash on I-96 last week and spent the night in jail. Multiple news outlets are reporting the 26-year-old will face one felony and two misdemeanor charges in Livingston County. According to FOX-2 Detroit, the initial charges include a felony charge of obstructing […]

Take 3: Shirkey’s militia confab story evolves again

BY: - January 28, 2021

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is telling another version of the story of his meeting with state militia leaders last year. The latest evolution occurred during a Monday interview with Radio Free Hillsdale, the radio station of Hillsdale College.  Shirkey made the new comments responding to the host asking about attacks leveled by […]

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey

Shirkey changes story about militia leaders meeting, state police deny involvement

BY: - January 19, 2021

Updated, 8:20 a.m., 2/11/21 After facing social media backlash for his September comments about helping militia leaders in Michigan with messaging; Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) changed his story Tuesday in an interview with Bart Hawley of JTV in Jackson.  In an interview in September with Hawley, Shirkey said he met with leaders of […]

No sessions for House and Senate next week after credible threats

BY: - January 15, 2021

The second week of the 101st Legislature will not feature any House or Senate sessions. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) made a joint announcement Friday afternoon, following credible threats from law enforcement. As the Advance has reported, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned of armed violent […]