police brutality

Detroit BLM co-founder vows to continue fight for police reform, housing equity

BY: - June 4, 2021

Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) co-founder Nakia Wallace said this week that her anti-police brutality organization and city officials continue to have sharp differences when it comes to the treatment of those who were arrested during Black Lives Matter protest rallies in 2020 and labeled a crime-fighting initiative by the new police chief a “stop-and-frisk” plan.   […]

Bipartisan police reforms win broad support at Senate hearing

BY: - June 3, 2021

A package of bipartisan police reform bills received the backing of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, a retired police detective, a civil rights lawyer and others during a state Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee hearing on Thursday. The bills would create guidelines for investigations into officer-involved deaths, limit no-knock warrants and boost support for de-escalation […]

Bipartisan police reforms introduced in Senate, House Dems look to reintroduce ‘Equal Justice for All’ package

BY: - June 1, 2021

Demeeko Williams, a Detroit activist who participated in dozens of Black Lives Matter rallies in 2020, said the Michigan Senate’s recently unveiled bipartisan police reform effort is needed, but more must be done to address issues such as the use of facial recognition technology and qualified immunity for law enforcement officials. “I think the state […]

Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd family

BY: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, his family returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws. Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death — the deadline that President Joe Biden had urged lawmakers […]

House Republicans pass some police reforms, but Dems, activists say plan falls short

BY: - May 14, 2021

The GOP-controlled state House on Thursday approved a spending plan to provide resources to law enforcement agencies. It was a move that Democrats, who offered a similar plan the previous day, described as “lip service” and playing “partisan political games.”  State Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Linden), a retired sheriff’s deputy, said the measure, which was added […]

Chauvin verdict: Guilty on 3 charges in George Floyd’s death

BY: and - April 20, 2021

The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd.  The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd, who was handcuffed and face down on the pavement, for more than 9 minutes at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May.  Chauvin was taken into custody and will be sentenced in […]

Federal judge rejects city case against Detroit Will Breathe

BY: - March 11, 2021

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the city of Detroit’s legal claims against a Detroit Will Breathe (DWB), an anti-police brutality protest group, ruling that it failed to prove that demonstrators conspired with one another to cause civil unrest and harm police officers last summer. “In sum, the city fails to establish the essential elements […]

Detroit NAACP leader on Trump: ‘We just want his ass out’ 

BY: and - January 9, 2021

During a Michigan Advance interview this week, Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony called for the immediate ousting of President Donald Trump following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop the 2020 presidential election from being certified for President-elect Joe Biden. Members of the mob waved Confederate flags in the building and donned […]

The best Advance stories you might have missed in 2020

BY: - December 31, 2020

Quotable of the Year: “I have grave concerns about our legislators, and the press, everybody else who works at the Capitol. … I know that schools aren’t doing the same types of activities that they used to, but if things don’t change, I mean, my kids went and visited the state Capitol and I signed […]

A glass ceiling shattered: Black and South Asian women celebrate Harris’ election

BY: - November 21, 2020

When U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) entered the race for president in 2019, China Cochran, a political organizer and activist from Detroit, immediately backed her. Finally, she thought, there could be a Black woman in the White House — a space built by slaves that has long been led almost entirely by white men. While […]

Peters, James clash on health care, racial justice in high-spending, high-stakes Senate race

BY: - October 25, 2020

As Election Day approaches, Michigan’s U.S. Senate race has become one of the most closely watched in the nation, as it could be the key to which party controls the body in January. The battle between U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and GOP nominee John James also has shattered fundraising records, as total spending […]

Michigan doctor, lawyer testify on Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation

BY: - October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two Michigan residents — a family physician and a former law clerk — testified virtually before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday as the panel wrapped up its consideration of whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Farhan Bhatti was tapped by Democrats who say Barrett’s […]