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Stateside: New police reform bills; Willis Ward and Fielding Yost; racial bias in traffic stops

May 25, 2021

In cities across Michigan last summer, protesters marched against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death. A year later, there's a bipartisan package of police reform bills making their way through the Michigan Legislature.
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Today on Stateside, a year after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, we’ll hear about the police reform bills moving through the state Legislature. And we’ll talk to an activist who has been pushing for Michigan police departments to deal with racial bias in traffic stops. Plus, why there’s a push to rename the University of Michigan’s Yost Ice Arena.

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

A year after George Floyd’s death, police reform bills gain traction in MI Legislature

  • State Senator Erika Geiss represents Michigan’s 6th Senate District.

The story of Black UM football player Willis Ward and the coach who benched him

  • Buddy Moorehouse is a former newspaper editor, and the filmmaker behind the documentary Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game

A data-driven mission to highlight racial bias in Metroit Detroit traffic stops

  • Alexandria Hughes is an activist and therapist living in Southeast Michigan.