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Attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Grand Rapids and three city police officers over a 2014 incident that left an unarmed teenage boy in the hospital.

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Body cameras for Grand Rapids police officers have started coming in.

WOOD-TV and The Grand Rapids Press report that 20 officers wore the cameras Thursday night after the city received its first shipment of the equipment.

The department has ordered 298 cameras. A pilot program was held earlier this year.

A number of other Michigan departments and police agencies across the country are considering adding the cameras as a level of transparency during potential clashes with crime suspects or other members of the public.

Grand Rapids modifies its fingerprint policy

Dec 2, 2015
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Grand Rapids police will no longer routinely take fingerprints from people who cannot produce identification when questioned by an officer in the field.

Police Chief David Rahinsky said under the new policy, fingerprints will be taken from people without ID when police consider their behavior suspicious.