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Regulating begging is still bad solution to poverty, public safety concerns

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-12-2017 under OPINION

I work at The Rapidian now and have for about three years, but before I was a staff member, I was a community journalist. The second article I wrote on The Rapidian was an opinion piece detailing why I thought banning panhandling was a terrible idea...

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Equity Service Policy passed without new measures for GRPD

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 11-16-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 over 50 men, women, and children spoke before the City Commission asking that an Equal Service Policy be passed to protect the immigrant community from potential fear, intimidation, and harassment by City staff and...

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City, GRPD must seek independent investigations into police call recordings to rebuild public trust, transparency

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 09-15-2017 under OPINION

Yesterday, after months of fighting in court, the City was forced to release 5 recorded phone conversations between Officer’s Adam Ickes, Thomas Warwick, and the now fired Lt. Michael Janiskee. These conversations were related to a November...

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Citizens' concerns remain over housing crisis, racial disparities at commission meeting

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 06-08-2017 under NEWS

For 2017, the City of Grand Rapids planned three Commission meetings to be held out in the community rather than the usual commission chambers housed on the ninth floor of city hall. Tuesday marked the second of these neighborhood hosted meetings...

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Mothers of boys stopped at gunpoint by police, 'trying to make change'

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 04-06-2017 under NEWS

It’s been over a week since five African-American boys, age 12 to 14 years, were stopped at gunpoint by a police officer as they walked home from playing basketball at the Kroc Center on Division in Grand Rapids. IKeshia Quinn, a mother of two...

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When grown men point loaded weapons at 12-year-old boys, none of us should sleep well at night

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 03-29-2017 under OPINION

Last night, I couldn't sleep. It was 2 a.m., but my mind was still at the City Commission meeting, where three mothers told the story of their sons - 12 to 14 years in age - being stopped at gunpoint by police. (Their comments are at about 31:...

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City of Grand Rapids launches new bicycle safety education campaign

by (GRTV)

Submitted 05-10-2016 under NONPROFITS

Yesterday, the City of Grand Rapids launched Driving Change, its largest effort to educate motorists, bicyclists, and the community on how everyone can share the road safely. “Grand Rapids actually has a crash rate [between cars and bicycles]...

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New community council seeks stronger civil discourse with, accountability for police

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 01-26-2016 under OPINION

On December 15, 2015, the City Commissioners of Grand Rapids voted 5-2 in favor of allowing the purchase of 65 assault rifles for the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD). If you weren’t aware of this, then stop and take a moment to process...

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Community discussion targeting police practices misses mark

by (hodele91)

Submitted 10-29-2015 under OPINION

As I settled into my narrow seat, popcorn in hand, pencil poised and at the ready, I couldn’t help but notice the disconcerting feeling nestled in the pit of my stomach. All around me, community members both prestigious and not conversed and...

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Ten Principles of Community Policing: Part Two

by (crestongr)

Submitted 07-29-2014 under NONPROFITS

By Lindy Nawrocki   Community policing is successful based on a number of factors. One of the more important factors is the common goal for quality of life of all citizens by all community members and police officers. In 1998 the Grand Rapids...

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