Stories tagged: "police reform"

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.

Photo by Martha Spall
Crisis Counselors and Guardians: Here’s What Michigan Activists Want to Fund With Police Budgets

Activists are calling for police departments to be rebuilt from the ground up. We break down how and why.