police

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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Join The Micah Center at City Hall to stand for dignity, protection for immigrants

by (The Micah Center)

Submitted 10-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

Will you act now to stand with the immigrant children of God in Grand Rapids?  Click here to quickly, easily email the City Commission and join us today to show support at the City Commission. Some of our most vulnerable, immigrant...

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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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City introduces newly hired consultants from 21st Century Policing Solutions

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 08-21-2017 under NEWS

“We know the truth may hurt, but selective ignorance is fatal.” This a phrase Ronald Davis admits he’s fond of saying. And during the City’s press conference this past Thursday, August 17, 2017, to introduce Mr. Davis and the...

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City Commission passes resolutions regarding community, police relations

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 07-27-2017 under NEWS

Summer can mean vacations and family time for many of us. This tends to have an effect on the turnout at the City Commission meetings. That was clearly the case Tuesday as citizen attendance was down compared to the last few months. However that...

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#GRTalksBack on policing: meetings use small-group format

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 06-13-2017 under NEWS

On Monday June 12 at 12 p.m., the first of a series of Community Listening meetings on policing, hosted by the City Commission, took place at the Michigan First Credit Union on Breton and Burton. Attendees were directed to the basement room and...

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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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Recent police actions prompt citizens to press City officials to declare 'state of emergency'

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 05-10-2017 under NEWS

During the final public comment period of Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting, forty people stood and spoke in solidarity about the need to declare a “state of emergency” around the racialized outcomes and systemic inequities...

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Black motorists twice as likely to be pulled over, searched by Grand Rapids police

by (Russell Olmsted)

Submitted 04-20-2017 under NEWS

According to the City’s Traffic Stop Data Analysis study, Black drivers in the city of Grand Rapids are twice as likely to be pulled over by police as white drivers. The discussion of these results and the study's recommendations brought...

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