Today on Stateside, the city of Detroit is making efforts to revitalize local neighborhoods by creating new public gathering spaces. Plus, a contemporary strings band is using new techniques to electrify all genres of music.
Stateside’s conversation with Bob Stevenson, executive director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Republican majority leader in the Senate, Arlan Meekhof, has introduced legislation that would allow city police departments to contract with a private firm for police officers. They'd have all the authority and the protections given to public police officers.
Legislation meant to improve law enforcement hiring practices made it through the state Senate Thursday.
Right now human resource units in police departments are reluctant to tell other departments anything about a former officer besides their name and when they worked for them out of fear of litigation if the officer doesn’t get the job.
Senator Jones says the legislation is meant to prevent bad officers from hopping from department to department. Jones said, “99.9 percent of all officers are the finest people in the world. But once in a while you get a bad apple.”
Stateside's conversation with Bridgette Carr, a professor and director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.
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In December 2017, then-Governor Rick Snyder passed legislation that removed the exemption that excused police officers who slept with prostitutes while undercover. Michigan was the last state to enact what critics have said is "common sense legislation."
Critics feared the lack of legislation would excuse abuses against human trafficking victims.
Thousands of people, including students, faculty and law enforcement officers, stood in the center of Wayne State University’s campus last night. Some were holding candles, others were holding back tears.
All of them gathered to pay their respects to fallen Wayne State Police Officer Collin Rose.
Officer Rose was patrolling the area west of the school’s campus last week when he was shot while trying to arrest a man who was known by campus police to be troublesome.
The suspect was caught hours after the incident. Rose died the following day.
We likely would not know about the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge or Philando Castile in Minnesota if not for the video recordings.
In April, MLive published a story that dives into the question of whether police can order you to delete a recording on your phone after you've captured video of a police action.
The story refers to a case in which two of the officers who are accused of beating and falsely arresting the wrong person were undercover. A uniformed officer told people who'd recorded the scene to "delete it for the safety of the officers."
ACLU of Michigan Legal DirectorMichael Steinberg joined us today to talk generally about whether or not police can order you to delete a recording or seize your phone or camera.
Our conversation with Michael Matthews, a U.K. police constable assigned to Scotland Yard.
If you’re a police officer in the United Kingdom, chances are you don’t carry a gun.
In fact, you might go through your entire career and never fire a weapon, a stark contrast to police on this side of the Atlantic.
Michael Matthews is a police constable with the London Metropolitan Police and is now attached to Scotland Yard. He’s just spent time shadowing Detroit police officers, conducting research for a book Matthews is writing about the Detroit Police Department.
A judge says a trial is expected to last about two weeks for a police officer seen on video repeatedly punching a motorist in the head during a suburban Detroit traffic stop.
Jury selection begins Monday in the case of 47-year-old William Melendez and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans says that's expected to last two days. The Detroit News reports 90 prospective jurors will be impaneled. Opening statements are Wednesday.
A suburban Detroit police officer who repeatedly punched a driver in the head during a traffic stop has been ordered to stand trial on assault charges.
Inkster Judge Sabrina Johnson listened to the victim Thursday and watched police video of the bloody arrest, which occurred in January. The incident wasn't publicly known until WDIV-TV aired the video weeks later.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchardsays politicians in Lansing and Washington are not listening to the needs of law enforcement.
Bouchard says police officers are a popular political target.
“I’m frustrated by the constant peppering of law enforcement from both the Far Right and the Far Left,” says Bouchard. “The Far Right seems to think we’re part of the NSA, and the Far Left wants to disarm us.”
Two Inkster police officers have been suspended without pay for their alleged involvement in the beating of a black motorist during a traffic stop in January.
Union representative Al Lewis said Officer Chuck Randazzo was suspended for 15 days for excessive use of force and bringing the department disrepute. He said Sgt. Shawn Kritzer was suspended for 30 days for not providing immediate medical attention for Floyd Dent.
Listen to our conversation with William Terrill. He's a criminologist at Michigan State University.
How does having a college degree affect an officer's view of police work, the community, and commanding officers?
William Terrill is a Michigan State University criminologist and co-author of a new study on police attitudes. His research, including a survey of more than 2,100 officers in seven mid-to-large-sized departments across the U.S., is being credited with starting to give us a more comprehensive view of the effects of higher education on policing.
People in Michigan are protesting the death of Eric Garner. It's the second time protesters have come out in two weeks. Previous rallies took place after a grand jury decided not to charge a police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Missouri.
The Saginaw County Sheriff's Department received a "Maxx Pro" Mine Resistant Ambush Proof vehicle from the U.S. Army in order to "prepare for something disastrous," according to Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel.
Brad Devereaux wrote about the department's decision to acquire the MRAP for MLive:
The truck's passenger compartment is bulletproof and designed to withstand a mine blast with a v-shaped undercarriage.
"The V shape resists mine blasts away from the cab. It's very good at what it does," Undersheriff Robert Karl said, noting he found several videos online demonstrating the function.
At the time, Sheriff Federspiel said people shouldn't be concerned about "a military state" because he wouldn't let that happen.
But the giant MRAP makes an impression, and sends a message, whether intended or not.
Here's what these two dudes in Saginaw thought of it (language warning, these dudes are speaking candidly):
Devereaux now reports that the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department is planning to get rid of the vehicle. Federspiel said the plans were made prior to the department being criticized on HBO's Tonight with John Oliver.
This is just one military style vehicle transferred to police departments across the state.
LANSING – Policing will increase this spring at the Michigan Capitol, but officials say they have no plans to add metal detectors. The Detroit Free Press says state police will bring more personnel to the Capitol area and will enhance its technology as well. That includes making better use of video camera monitoring and introducing thermal imaging to spot intruders in parking lots and outside the Capitol after dark. Capt.