Candidates answer citizen questions on gentrification, race, police, LGBTQIA

by (Holly)

Submitted 08-01-2015 under NEWS

For our last set of citizen questions answered by the mayoral candidates, we’re addressing questions of social ills and issues: housing and gentrification, race, police relations and welcoming LGBTQ residents. All questions were collected at...

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Story Matters: W. Paul Mayhue calls out problems of racial discrimination with police leadership, trespassing

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NONPROFITS

After attending the mayoral debate at Wealthy Theatre, former Kent County Commissioner W. Paul Mayhue sat down to talk with us about the problems with race in Grand Rapids that he's seen with policing and laws.   We build community when we...

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New police chief notes lowering recidivism rates; continues to seek ways to lower rates further

by (Lee Bloomquist)

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

"Your question is timely,” says our new Chief David Rahinsky of the Grand Rapids Police Department when presented with accounts of remarkably low rates of recidivism among participants in a Peace Education Program at San Antonio’s...

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City Commission holds public hearing on police, community relations

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-17-2014 under NEWS

Last night’s City Commissioners Meeting included a public hearing on police and community relations. In light of the national events surrounding the deaths of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in Staten Island, Tamir Rice in Cleveland...

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Formal public hearing set to explore implications of police body cameras

by (erictank)

Submitted 12-09-2014 under NEWS

Last week concerned citizens gathered at City Hall for the City Commission meeting to address the LINC Community Revitalization proposal to enact public policy that would require patrol officers to wear body cameras. Darel Ross, Co-Executive...

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Problem by any other name:"Growth," racism in Grand Rapids

by (Briana)

Submitted 09-08-2014 under OPINION

Grand Rapids, we gotta talk. As a local activist and organizer, in the past year and a half alone I have organized or helped organize three demonstrations to show solidarity against and bring visibility to racialized police brutality and violence...

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Community responds to lack of diversity in recent GRPD hiring

by (LINC UP)

Submitted 01-24-2014 under NONPROFITS

To the City of Grand Rapids, For the past five years our organization has been dedicated to strengthening the relationship between the Grand Rapids City Administration, several neighborhood leaders, the business community and many organizations...

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Civilian Police Academy offers passport to working culture of police department

by (crestongr)

Submitted 12-13-2012 under NONPROFITS

By Elaine People asked me why I applied for the Citizen’s Police Academy. I tell them to think back to the time when neighbors looked out for each other, and how they would feel if they were robbed and no one would do anything. I have worked...

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Grand Rapids Police Department and Jaycees help make the holidays a bit brighter for BGC Club Members

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 01-06-2011 under NONPROFITS

The holidays are a special time that bring families together and put smiles on the faces of those awaiting their presents. This year, two events made the holidays a bit brighter for some of Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth (...

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UPDATE: Some answered questions regarding Tuesday night altercation

by (George)

Submitted 09-30-2010 under NEWS

Some questions answered regarding Tuesday night’s altercation courtesy of Sgt. Chris Postma of the Grand Rapids Police Department’s Major Case Team. According to Sgt. Postma, an argument culminated in a physical altercation between two men who knew...

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