Tyrone Carter

State police data: More than 1/5 of traffic stops involve Black motorists

BY: - July 16, 2021

More than one in every five — 21.5% — of Michigan State Police (MSP) traffic stops in 2020 involved Black motorists — a percentage significantly higher than the African-American population in Michigan that stands at about 14%.   State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), executive vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, was disturbed after reviewing […]

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 […]

GOP House budget moves forward toward floor vote

BY: - May 7, 2021

The state House Appropriations Committee advanced the GOP-led House budget plan for Fiscal Year 2022 this week, which shifts some state agencies’ budgets to a quarterly basis and includes some stipulations for state departments and agencies around COVID-19 safety protocols. Committee Chair Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) said Wednesday that the move to create a quarterly […]

As Michigan enters year 2 of COVID-19, scars in the Capitol remain

BY: - March 10, 2021

A year after Michigan officials recorded the first two positive COVID-19 tests on March 10, 2020, two state lawmakers who had the virus — one Democrat, one Republican — have recovered. But their views over how to handle the pandemic that has killed almost 16,000 Michiganders underscore the Capitol’s deep partisan divide. Last March, state […]

After threats and armed protests, BIPOC lawmakers still struggle to get GOP leaders to address racial justice

BY: and - February 4, 2021

State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) grew up during the 1980s and 1990s and remembers watching in astonishment the awarding-winning PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement.” The African American lawmaker was raised in a Capital City community where whites and people of color interacted, for the most part, without incident. “What […]

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 […]

Support sounded for Marathon’s $363K settlement in Detroit, comment period still open

BY: - September 8, 2020

A leading environmental rights organizer and a Detroit school official voiced support last week during an online public hearing for a consent order against a refinery presented by state officials.   The public comment period remains open until Sept. 28. For more information, contact Erin Moran, EGLE enforcement section officer, at [email protected] or 517-284-0900.  As the […]

Michigan GOP senator tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - August 2, 2020

State Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) announced Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Barrett said that he tested positive during a health screening on Friday issued by the Michigan Army National Guard, which has implemented a COVID-19 screening policy for all soldiers one week prior to their departure for training events. He said he found […]

Black House Dems unveil ‘Equal Justice for All’ policing package

BY: - July 8, 2020

For Tyrone Carter, a retired Wayne County sheriff deputy who toiled for 25 years on the force, the recent deaths of African Americans at hands of police has been difficult to endure.  “We have an opportunity to restore the trust that doesn’t exist right now,” said Carter, an African American state House member from Detroit.  […]

GOP Legislature moves toward suing Whitmer, as armed protestors watched from Senate gallery

BY: and - April 30, 2020

Updated, 10:12 a.m., 5/1/20 As Senate members sat in session on Thursday, about 20 protesters, some of whom were armed with long guns, stood above in the gallery, while roughly 600 more protested on the Capitol lawn and outside the House and Senate chambers.   “Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us. Some of […]

How the pandemic has changed funerals and the grieving process

BY: - April 16, 2020

When Jim Hansen’s wife, Karla, died of a heart attack earlier this month, Hansen followed the same rules he now applies to every other grieving family who comes to the funeral home he owns in Davison. He only allowed 10 people at a time to enter the viewing area to say goodbye. “I have a […]

COMMENTARY

The COVID-19 crisis has rocked Detroit and my life. But it’s also inspired me. 

BY: - April 13, 2020

The last three weeks have felt like three years. Each day feels the same. Monday is just like Wednesday. Thursday is just like Saturday. Sunday was Easter, but instead of donning a crisp suit, a bright pastel-colored tie, shiny dress shoes and going to service at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, I was still rocking that […]