police brutality

House Dems renew call for police reform in aftermath of Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

BY: - September 24, 2020

Michigan Reps. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit), Cynthia Johnson (D-Detroit), and Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) Thursday renewed their call to end qualified immunity when applied to law enforcement excessive force cases. “Unfortunately, some officers have abused this protection, using it as an impenetrable shield to escape justice when they commit heinous acts,” Yancey […]

GOP Senate nominee John James: America is ‘close to a civil war’ 

BY: - September 17, 2020

Updated, 12:51 p.m., 9/17/20 During a virtual town hall meeting Wednesday, Republican U.S. Senate nominee John James said that given the political climate, America is on the cusp of civil war. “I recognize that this country, looking at some stats, if you look at one to 100, with 100 being close to a civil war […]

Study: 97% of Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful in Michigan

BY: - September 16, 2020

The vast majority of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful, including those in Michigan, according to a new study by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). The ACLED has been collecting data on demonstrations, political violence and other related developments since the newest phase of the BLM movement began in […]

AG files charges against 2 officers for police misconduct

BY: - September 15, 2020

Michigan Attorney Dana Nessel on Tuesday detailed criminal charges her office filed against officers in Saginaw and Jackson counties in two police misconduct cases. A third officer under investigation — who is from Washtenaw County — was not charged, Nessel said.  The attorney general’s office took on the three cases because county prosecutors said they […]

New: MSP rolls out website with use-of-force, traffic stop data

BY: - September 4, 2020

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Friday morning is rolling out new department accountability initiatives, including the creation of a citizen advisory council and a new website devoted to transparency in policing. In an exclusive interview, MSP Director Col. Joseph Gasper told the Advance that the advisory body will help bridge the gap between law enforcement […]

Coalition blasts Trump action in Detroit, calls for police chief to resign

BY: - September 1, 2020

The Coalition for Police Transparency and Accountability on Tuesday rejected the President Trump administration’s Operation Legend initiative, called for the Detroit Police Department to “end violence” against Black Lives Matter protesters and urged Detroit Police Chief James Craig to resign.   “The level of violence and the attacks on observers and demonstrators repeats a pattern in […]

Anti-police brutality group files federal suit against city of Detroit 

BY: - August 31, 2020

The anti-police brutality group Detroit Will Breathe Monday announced during a noon press conference held outside the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse that it has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit.   “We are asking that the court put an immediate stop to this rampant violence so that demonstrators can safely continue to exercise […]

Pence pledges to ‘make America great again, again’ in Traverse City

BY: - August 28, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence made his pitch to Michigan voters during a brief campaign rally in Traverse City on Friday, promising to “make America great again, again” if given four more years in the White House. Pence argued that the 2020 election will determine who is responsible for helping the economy recover from the effects […]

‘You just have to act’: 1000s outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

Confederate statues would be removed from national parks under spending bill

BY: - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum is pushing the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks — and she’s gaining some traction this year as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows. The Minnesota Democrat, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for the Interior Department, […]

Wisconsin recruits Michigan National Guard to assist in Kenosha

BY: and - August 28, 2020

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers released details Thursday that Michigan, Arizona and Alabama are assisting in Kenosha, providing mutual aid in the form of National Guard troops, as well as equipment. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer authorized the troop deployment. “Michigan’s dedicated National Guardsmen and women have played a vital role to keep Michiganders safe in recent months […]

Detroiter in iconic 1963 March on Washington photo reflects on protests, then and now

BY: - August 28, 2020

Edith Lee-Payne was 12 when she attended the seminal 1963 March on Washington. There, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech that was first offered in Detroit earlier that summer. The effort ultimately helped to persuade congressional leaders to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 […]