police brutality

COMMENTARY

Gilda Z. Jacobs: Protests can be a catalyst for racial justice and equity

BY: - June 6, 2020

The Michigan League for Public Policy has fought against injustice since we were founded in 1912, and right now is one of the most pivotal moments in that time span.  At the League, we want to acknowledge the real pain and suffering that is occurring across the country right now, particularly for Black people. While […]

Republican posts ammunition photo in response to Floyd protests

BY: - June 5, 2020

State Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) posted on Facebook this week that he may “load up a few more mags” in response to statewide protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a 45-year-old African American man from Minneapolis, was killed last week by a police officer who pinned a knee on Floyd’s neck. […]

Ingham Health Dept. declares racism public health crisis, BLM activist calls for Schor to resign

BY: - June 4, 2020

In a virtual call to action Wednesday night hosted by Black Lives Matter Lansing, which has so far been viewed by 30,000 people, Ingham County Health Department leadership agreed to declare racism a public health crisis and encouraged the County Commission to adopt a formal resolution. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor also was twice asked for […]

Increased police training bill passes unanimously through Senate

BY: - June 4, 2020

A bill requiring all incoming law enforcement officers to complete training on implicit bias, de-escalation techniques and mental health screening passed unanimously through the GOP-led Senate on Thursday — a rarity for progressive legislation. State Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), who introduced Senate Bill 945, said this is “a small step forward in righting years […]

Ingham Co. prosecutor will review EL police use of force incident, if asked

BY: - June 4, 2020

Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon will, if requested, review the use of force by East Lansing Officer Andy Stephenson in an incident in February that left a Black man with injuries to his face.  The decision comes after several protests in the Lansing area in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black […]

Whitmer rolls out reforms to prevent police brutality

BY: - June 3, 2020

As large-scale protests against police brutality and racism continue in Michigan and beyond, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced a series of policy proposals to increase accountability for Michigan law enforcement officers. Whitmer also noted a number of actions being taken by the Michigan State Police (MSP) to support the goal of a more transparent […]

Dems: Systemic racism is ‘government oppression’

BY: - June 3, 2020

State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to speak out about government oppression, following the killing of George Floyd, a 45-year-old African American from Minneapolis after a police officer pinned a knee on his neck. “America has changed. The murder of an unarmed Black man at the hands of four police […]

Poll: 57% say police brutality against Blacks is a ‘very serious problem’

BY: - June 2, 2020

New polling shows that a majority of Michigan voters — 57% — think that police brutality against African Americans is a “very serious problem.” In recent days, there has been a wave of protests across the country following the killing of George Floyd, a 45-year-old African American after a police officer pinned his knee on […]

Civil rights groups urge Congress to combat police brutality

BY: and - June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of civil rights organizations, including some based in Michigan, urged U.S. congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation to address police killings of Black people in the wake of a series of recent deaths that have ignited protests around the country. “In recent weeks, the chronic structural issue of police killings against Black […]

Gilchrist talks about ‘pain’ of police brutality, Whitmer calls Trump comments ‘dangerous’

BY: - June 1, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday responded to President Trump’s demand for governors to crack down on people protesting police brutality, calling the president’s comments “dangerous” and “deeply disturbing.” In a statement, Whitmer confirmed she had been on a Monday morning call with the president, other governors and law enforcement officials. During that call, Trump urged […]

Updated: Police remove woman after allegedly threatening to kill Lansing protesters

BY: - June 1, 2020

Updated, 9:42 a.m., 6/1/20 A car ended up burnt to a crisp. Downtown Lansing was filled with broken glass and screaming. The police brutality protest went sour Sunday evening after being mostly peaceful earlier in the day. There was a literal night-and-day difference, with the protest that took place late morning and early afternoon calling […]

Hundreds gather to clean up Grand Rapids damage after protest 

BY: - June 1, 2020

Caitlynn Bupp stood outside Uccello’s Ristorante in downtown Grand Rapids late Saturday night to steer protesters away from damaging the restaurant at which she works.  And on Sunday, she returned to hand out pizza to hundreds of people who turned out to clean up the damage left from the night before. “We have to give […]