Rep. Jones stripped of committee assignments after 3rd bond violation

BY: - September 16, 2021

Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) stripped Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) of all committee assignments Thursday.  That followed Jones attempting to sneak a handcuff key into jail on Tuesday after a judge sent him to jail for committing his third bond violation after initially being arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest.  Jones was arrested […]

Mackinac Bridge bomb threat still under investigation

BY: - July 19, 2021

A bomb threat on the Mackinac bridge on Sunday closed the bridge for about three hours while authorities swept the area.  According to the Mackinac City Police Department, at around 2 p.m. Sunday, Chippewa County Central Dispatch in Mackinac County received a call from someone claiming to have put a bomb at the south end […]

Detroit activists vow 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 […]

State civil rights head leaves to become interim Detroit police chief

BY: - May 18, 2021

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Monday that James White will be interim chief of police of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) when James Craig retires at the end of the month. White was Detroit’s assistant police chief before he was appointed by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in August to lead the state’s Department […]

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 […]

Detroit police chief announces retirement, doesn’t rule out ’22 gubernatorial bid

BY: - May 10, 2021

James Craig, the longest-serving Detroit Police Department chief in 30 years, has announced his retirement as of June 1 from Michigan’s largest force at 2,200 members. He made the statement during a Monday news conference alongside Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. When asked whether he would vie for Michigan governor in 2022, as some news reports […]

Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement. The officer who died was identified as Officer William “Billy” Evans by police. “Officer Evans had been a member of the United […]

State and local police: No financial relationship with Enbridge for Line 5-related security

BY: - March 30, 2021

Environmentalists have been waging high-profile protests against Canadian oil company Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement in Minnesota for months. The national climate change newsletter, heated, reported this month that Minnesota sheriffs’ offices have entered into financial arrangements that environmental and Indiginous activists say incentivize law enforcement to crack down on those opposing Enbridge’s Line 3. […]

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 […]

After paying $7,500 fine, U.P. eatery hit with contempt order for defying COVID measure

BY: - February 9, 2021

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Wanda Stokes has found Cafe Rosetta, and owner Amy Heikkinen, in contempt of court for refusing to obey an injunction she issued just last week for the Upper Peninsula restaurant.  The order arises out of enforcement action taken by local and state health officials in the wake of the Nov. […]