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Stateside: City police budgets increase; transgender health care gaps; Detroit’s vaccination rate

Jun 22, 2021

At protests across the state in 2020, activists called for cities to move funding away from police departments. But, for the most part, the opposite happened.
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Today on Stateside, we look into how Michigan cities have responded to calls from activists to defund the police. Then, Governor Whitmer has officially lifed most of the pandemic restrictions, despite a large number of vaccine-hesitant Michiganders, including in the city of Detroit. Plus, we talk to a Michigan State University sociologist about their research on the frustrating interactions transgender people experience at the doctor’s office.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

A year after “defund” protests, most large Michigan cities spending more on police, not less

  • Dustin Dwyer is Michigan Radio's West Michigan reporter. 
  • Nisa Khan is Michigan Radio's data reporter.

Medical establishment doesn’t always meet transgender patients’ needs, says MSU sociologist

  • stef shuster is an assistant professor of sociology at Michigan State University and author of the new book Trans Medicine: The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender.

Whitmer announces official end to most pandemic restrictions

  •  Rick Pluta is Capitol bureau chief for Michigan Radio.

Vaccination among Detroit police officers mirror low rate of city overall

  • Bryce Huffman is a reporter with Bridge Detroit. You can find his article on vaccination rates among Detroit police officers here.