Stories tagged: "police reform"


From left, interpreter Israel Siku, Peter Lyoya, and attorney Ven Johnson watch, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Detroit as Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker explains his decision to charge Grand Rapids police Officer Christopher Schurr with second-degree murder during a press conference at the Michigan State Police sixth district headquarters in Walker. Schurr fatally shot Black motorist Patrick Lyoya on April 4. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Grand Rapids Cop Who Killed Patrick Lyoya Charged With Second Degree Murder

The April 4 killing was recorded by a bystander and video shows Lyoya was on the ground when he was killed. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Officer Christopher Schurr acted unreasonably when he shot Lyoya in the back of the head during a traffic stop.

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What’s Being Done About Racial, Ethnic Disparities Found in MSP Traffic Stops

“Michiganders deserve unbiased policing, transparency, and accountability from their state police, and that’s what they’re going to get,” said MSP Director Col. Joe Gasper. 

Police in riot gear dispatched to de-escalate a protest in Detroit. (Photo by Franz Knight)
He Was Unfairly Arrested. Here’s What He Has to Say About Police Reform.

A Springfield father was arrested in front of his children while collecting signatures to form a tenants' association. “It was very traumatizing," he said.

Meet MI Leaders: Kyra Bolden Speaks Boldly on Race, Gender, and Age

Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden's willingness to speak frankly and honestly about uncomfortable issues has earned her cheers from both sides of the aisle.

A Detroit Police officer uses tear-gas on protesters during a demonstration in Detroit, Michigan late May 29, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes. - Violent protests erupted across the United States late Friday over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody, with murder charges laid against the arresting Minneapolis officer failing to quell boiling anger.
FBI Questioned State Senator Staffer After Talk of ‘Dropping’ Ban on Tear Gas

The chief of staff for state Sen. Rosemary Bayer was woken up by the FBI for questioning one October morning. This legislation is why.

Marc Peeples teaching children about urban farming at Liberated Farms in Detroit. Photo courtesy Liberated Farms.
This Michigan Man Was Arrested for Gardening While Black. Gov. Whitmer Would Make That 911 Call a Hate Crime

Racist 911 calls not only hurt victims, but waste police resources and damage relations between cops and communities they serve, says activist Alisa Parker.

A family photo of Breonna Taylor. Photo via Justice for Breonna.
Gov. Whitmer Wants to Limit the Police Practice That Killed Breonna Taylor. Here’s How Cops Are Responding.

Limiting no-knock warrants doesn’t just protect civilians, it may be safer for Michigan's law enforcement as well, one expert said.