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Calls for accountability, testing follow Grand Rapids police study

April 18, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Residents attending the first of this week's five town hall meetings voiced concerns over implicit bias and racial equity training within the Grand Rapids Police Department. Their worries were in response to study results released Tuesday that determined black drivers are twice as likely to be stopped by police than non-black drivers in Grand Rapids. "Since...

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LINC UP Calls on City Officials to Lead On Racial Equity Issues and Policing

April 13, 2017

“Enough” is “When All People Are Adequately Protected” On April 11, hundreds of residents packed the regular meeting of the Grand Rapids City Commission demanding an apology and changes to the City’s police department policies and procedures towards people of color. On April 12, the GRPOA and the GRPCOA, representing the police officers and command officers,...

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Urban leaders: Unions missed mark after kids held at gunpoint

April 13, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Some community leaders on Thursday continued to call for changes at the Grand Rapids Police Department and an apology after officers detained five black children at gunpoint. Leaders of the local chapter of the NAACP and LINC UP, an urban organization, both responded to a statement released Wednesday by police union leaders that said changes...

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Police unions' 'enough' response is 'dangerous,' nonprofit says

April 13, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A neighborhood nonprofit is calling on Grand Rapids city officials to stand up for racial equity after the city's police unions said "enough" to protests of officer conduct. LINC UP rejected a joint statement from the two police unions, in which they defended the actions of officers who stopped five unarmed black youth at...

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'It shows anyone can do anything': How Linc Up Soul Food Café is driving change

April 13, 2017

Madison Square has been a commercial hub since the 20th century. In the 1920s, the area was filled with merchants and business owners of all kinds. The entrepreneurial spirit that took hold of the community still roams the air today, as small businesses are finding their niche in the urban community. Linc Up Soul Food Café is a black-owned establishment that just got off...

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GRPD unions: No policy change needed after teens held at gunpoint

April 12, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The two unions representing the Grand Rapids Police Department say the agency doesn’t need to change its policy, despite calls by community members to do so after a five black teens were detained at gunpoint following a basketball game. On March 24, the group of teenagers, ages 12 through 14, left the Salvation Army Kroc Center on South Division...

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