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GRPD Study Supports Community's Concerns and Calls for Changes to Discriminatory Policing Practices

Unfortunately and lamentably, a study issued by Lamberth Consulting yesterday confirmed what many in our community - including the 300 residents who attended the City Commission meeting last week - have been clearly articulating: the GRPD systemically...

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

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...

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

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...

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Community challenges Grand Rapids police after teens stopped at gunpoint

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...

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Urban leaders: Unions missed mark after kids held at gunpoint

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...

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

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...

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LINC: Time for change is now following racial disparity in traffic stops

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Since the city of Grand Rapids released a study that revealed racial disparities in traffic stops, organizations that represent large minority groups are calling upon the community to act. “In my experience, the...

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'Don't Shoot Me': Video Shows Cops Hold 5 Innocent Children at Gunpoint for Playing Basketball

Grand Rapids, MI — Outraged community leaders in Grand Rapids are demanding reform after five African American youths aged between 12 and 14 years were held at gunpoint — for no justifiable reason — as they walked home...

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KING: Police in Grand Rapids, Mich., caused great harm by holding five innocent black boys at gunpoint

Last month, as five young black boys in Grand Rapids, Mich., were walking home from a local rec center, where they had been playing basketball, they were swarmed by local police, who drew their guns, and held them at gunpoint for over 10...

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How 5 Unarmed Black Boys Wound Up at the Business End of a Police Weapon

“I do not want to die, bro.” “Can you please put the gun down?” Those were the words uttered by a group of unarmed Black teenagers in Grand Rapids, Mich., as they lay facedown on the ground in a March 24 incident...

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Commission rejects 'knee-jerk' response to Grand Rapids traffic stop study

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom proposed an aggressive response Tuesday to eradicate racial bias from the city's police department, but he didn't find the full support of the city commission with his approach. Tuesday...

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Calls for accountability, testing follow Grand Rapids police study

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...

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News: 'I Do Not Want to Die:' Michigan Police Hold 5 Unarmed Black Kids at Gunpoint in Case of Mistaken Identity

Grand Rapids police chief defended his officers after a video was released of them holding five unarmed boys at gunpoint. Video from BET.com

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Controversial police footage shows unarmed youths detained at gunpoint in Grand Rapids

A Grand Rapids, Michigan, mother is speaking out after a video was released showing officers holding a group of unarmed black teens, including her 14-year-old son, at gunpoint on the ground. "Guys, get on the ground. Keep your hands...

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Policing critiques sought by Grand Rapids advocacy groups

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Community organizations advocating for changes in how Grand Rapids' minority neighborhoods are policed aren't waiting for city officials to make the first move. Rather, they've scheduled a community engagement...

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Residents question progress of 12-point plan to improve police relations

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Taking ownership of Grand Rapids' 12-point plan for improving relations between police and the community was the theme Tuesday evening during a community meeting on the city's Southeast Side. More than...

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Meeting held to improve police-community relations in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A meeting was held Tuesday night in Grand Rapids to discuss the current state of police community relations. It was organized by the NAACP, Micah Center, and LINC. "We definitely need more patrols out in...

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City, local groups working to repair GR police and community relationships after traffic study

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Tensions are still high over traffic study results released last month that showed black drivers are 2.5 times more likely to get pulled over in Grand Rapids. The city and local groups are trying to mend the...

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Findings and Recommendations of the May 23rd Community Meeting

On May 24, 2017, LINC Up, NAACP of Greater Grand Rapids and Micah Center hosted a community conversation for residents to give feedback on the City of Grand Rapids’ progress on the “12 Point Plan” that was adopted in 2015....

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