Stories tagged: "police reform"


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.

Gov. Whitmer marches with protesters calling for justice for George Floyd. Photo courtesy Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Why Gov. Whitmer Wants to Ban Police Chokeholds

While President Trump suggests chokeholds “sounds so innocent,” Michigan’s governor is taking action to ban the often deadly practice in local law enforcement agencies.

Photo via Rep. Fred Upton.
House Police Reform Bill: How Your Michigan Representative Voted on the Package

One Michigan Republican crossed party lines to vote for the police reform bill, but said it wouldn't and shouldn't be law.