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Community challenges Grand Rapids police after teens stopped at gunpoint

April 11, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The mothers of five unarmed African American boys stopped at gunpoint by police were almost too emotional for words as they stood before the Grand Rapids City Commission Tuesday night. "We can't stop thinking of the fact that - what if one of our babies had made the wrong move?" said Shawndryka Moore of Grand Rapids, whose son is 14 and was involved...

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"Problematic" show of force from Grand Rapids police strikes a nerve

April 10, 2017

A coalition of community groups is encouraging Grand Rapids residents to contact the city manager and police chief after a March 24th encounter between police and a group of five African American boys. Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon says officers were call to the Kroc Center, a large community center, just after 7 p.m. There was a report that “about 100 people were...

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LINC UP, NAACP Greater Grand Rapids Branch and Micah Center: Police incident with youth must lead to change

April 06, 2017

Current Practices “Instill Fear, Harm Residents” On Friday, March 24th, Grand Rapids Police detained 5 innocent and unarmed children at gunpoint. Having viewed the body camera footage with the Grand Rapids Police Department, LINC, NAACP and the Micah Center feel the actions of the police officers involved demonstrate a practice of policing that perpetuates mistrust,...

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Groups demand protocol change after police hold innocent teens at gunpoint

April 06, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A video allegedly showing teens being held at gunpoint by Grand Rapids Police is sparking outrage in the community. The video taken two weeks ago shows the teens laying on the ground surrounded by police and later cuffed and put in the back of police vehicles. Police say a witness saw suspects matching their description with a gun. Police are justifying their...

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GRPD defends holding unarmed teens at gunpoint

April 06, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The mother of two boys who were held at gunpoint by Grand Rapids Police Department officers says she and other parents want an apology, but GRPD says it was following protocol. The March 24 incident has some community leaders asking GRPD to review their policies. That evening, a group of five black teens, all ages 12 through 14, played basketball...

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LINC Up initiative provides multifaceted impact

March 17, 2017

The essential successes of neighborhood improvements in Grand Rapids has become so well understood most every accolade almost sounds ubiquitous. Indeed, it is not, and one need only check the rear-view mirror of 2008-11, when the housing financial meltdown ravaged hard-fought gains made ever so slowly in the previous decade. Small businesses, mom-and-pop business and single proprietor businesses...

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