Breaking: Whitmer activates Michigan National Guard in advance of Sunday protest

BY: - January 15, 2021

A spokeswoman for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed Friday morning the Michigan National Guard has been activated in advance of expected right-wing protests in downtown Lansing this weekend. Tiffany Brown, the governor’s communications director, confirmed the Guard’s activation in a text message, and referred questions about the number of troops called up and other operational details […]

More than 170 cases opened in federal probe of U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Almost a week after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice held their first press conference on Tuesday to announce that they are directing prosecutors to issue a slew of sedition and conspiracy charges against pro-Trump insurrectionists. More than 170 cases have been opened […]

A GOP senator told a heart-wrenching story about a hometown bar hurt by COVID-19 orders. But almost none of it was true.

BY: - January 5, 2021

A floor speech from state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) last month alleged that Michigan Liquor Control Commission (LCC) inspectors preyed on the “human compassion” of the owners of Charlie’s Bar and Grill in Potterville by suspending its liquor license for operating despite a state-ordered shutdown during the pandemic. Barrett’s video has gone viral in conservative […]


Column: State should change local govt. funding to improve racial equity

BY: - November 9, 2020

At the Michigan League for Public Policy, we are primarily focused on the state budget and state policy. We have a team of experts deployed to analyze budget issues and advocate for changes that will make sure Michigan residents of all races, places and income levels have the opportunity to thrive and find economic security.  […]

Jewish cemetery desecrated with “MAGA” and “TRUMP” graffiti 

BY: - November 3, 2020

On Monday, one day before Election Day and hours before President Donald Trump visited the city, headstones at Ahavas Israel Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids were found vandalized with red spray-painted letters spelling out “TRUMP” and his slogan of “MAGA” (Make America Great Again). The Anti-Defamation League of Michigan tweeted their statement shortly after the […]

State senator: ‘Somebody called the police on the Black boys’ on the campaign trail

BY: - October 20, 2020

Updated, 6:01 p.m., 10/20/20 State Sen. Marshall Bullock (D-Detroit) told the Advance on Tuesday that someone called police on him while campaigning in West Michigan on Saturday for a Democrat who is trying to unseat state Rep. Pauline Wendzel (R-Watervliet).   Bullock was door-knocking in an affluent riverfront residential community in St. Joseph with Chokwe Pitchford, […]

Activist group protests facial recognition contract, Detroit City Council approves measure 

BY: - September 30, 2020

Despite a spirited protest by the anti-police brutality group Detroit Will Breathe (DWB), the Detroit City Council voted 6-3 on Tuesday to support a contract extension to a firm that helps to provide facial recognition technology to the city police department.   The extension of the two-year, $220,000 contract with DataWorks Plus comes after weeks of […]

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 […]

Detroit lawmakers call for investigation into police violence against protesters

BY: - September 10, 2020

A group of elected officials this week called for an independent investigation into use of force by Detroit police against protesters and journalists over the last several months. In a letter to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Police Chief James Craig, and the Board of Police Commissioners, the elected officials wrote on Tuesday:   “The right […]

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 […]