LG Gilchrist on Floyd protests: ‘To everyone who feels unheard, I hear you’

BY: - May 31, 2020

Protests rocked major cities across the country again on Saturday, including Detroit, as thousands gathered to voice their anguish and frustration about George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died after a Minnesota police officer pinned him down with his knee on his neck. Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony has characterized Floyd’s killing as a […]

Dana Nessel

AG: Whitmer’s emergency orders are enforceable

BY: - May 5, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has reviewed two of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s biggest actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 and said Tuesday that they are enforceable. In a letter to law enforcement, Nessel said the stay-home order in effect until May 15 and the order closing many businesses through May 28 must still be enforced […]


Susan J. Demas: Protestors threatened Whitmer’s murder. GOP leaders haven’t condemned them.

BY: - May 1, 2020

It’s an extraordinarily low bar for Michigan Republican leaders to condemn heavily armed protestors calling for the governor’s murder, and yet they’ve managed to fail to clear it. You can stop holding your breath waiting, too. There were “men with rifles yelling” at senators from the chamber gallery during a Thursday session, as state Sen. […]

AG urges workers to wear homemade masks due to shortages, asks police to work with businesses

BY: - April 27, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel is urging employees who work in public settings like restaurants and grocery stores to use their own face coverings to protect themselves until their employer can provide them. This comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order Friday requiring all businesses to provide their employees with non-medical grade face coverings […]

Leaders push for 1st responders’ safety amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - April 1, 2020

Several Michigan officials are raising concerns about first responders’ safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. State Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Linden) has issued letters to county health departments in his district urging them to update their practices to ensure first responders’ safety when entering a home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) also has […]

No arrests in quietest St. Patrick’s Day in East Lansing police history

BY: - March 18, 2020

In an unprecedented turn of events, East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) made no arrests on St. Patrick’s Day, according to Deputy Chief Steve Gonzalez. Last year, the ELPD made nine arrests, a low number compared to other years, Gonzalez reported, most of which were for disorderly conduct. Most neighborhoods have seen a decrease in people […]

Report: SE Michigan govts. commit ‘highway robbery’ against Detroit drivers

BY: - March 13, 2020

Attorney Geoffrey Leonard recalls meeting with two African-American Detroit clients who had been ticketed for running through an Allen Park stop sign, which was obstructed by a tree. Same intersection. Different day. Different motorists.     “The cops clearly had a practice of waiting there to pull over drivers,” Leonard, a nonprofit Detroit Justice Center (DJC) staff […]

East Lansing City Council discusses racial bias after police excessive force allegation

BY: - February 28, 2020

After an internal investigation, the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) determined that there was not enough evidence to prove or disprove an allegation of excessive force against a 19-year-old Black man earlier this month.  The issues of race and police brutality took center stage Thursday night as the ELPD presented a video of the incident […]

Senate passes bills aimed at helping deaf, autistic people with police interactions

BY: - October 16, 2019

Bills seeking to alert law enforcement to the needs of those with communication barriers at traffic stops were unanimously approved Wednesday in the state Senate and are now headed to the Michigan House of Representatives.  The two bills would allow those on the autism spectrum, deaf or facing other communication barriers to place to receive […]


Column: How the government can steal your stuff: 6 questions about civil asset forfeiture answered

BY: - August 24, 2019

Should someone wearing a badge have the power to relieve a suspected drug dealer of his Maserati on the spot without giving him an opportunity to flee or liquidate and launder his assets? Known as civil asset forfeiture, this practice might sound like a wise policy. But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in […]

Grand Rapids police set guidelines for interaction with immigrants

BY: - August 23, 2019

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced Friday its new policy for interacting with non-citizens, which will forbid the department from, among other things, asking about immigration status or threatening deportation. The city says its new “foreign nationals policy” is meant to “ensure equal enforcement of the law and equal service to the public regardless of […]