Michigan State Police Study Finds Troopers Disproportionately Stop Black Drivers
The leader of the Michigan State Police pledged changes Wednesday as the agency released an independent report finding that troopers disproportionately pulled over Black drivers in 2020 traffic stops.detroit.cbslocal.com
Federal ‘reverse racism’ lawsuits against Michigan State Police dismissed
A federal judge granted summary judgement in three civil lawsuits filed by white male police officers against the Michigan State Police (MSP), alleging that they were discriminated and retaliated against because of their race and gender. U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Judge Robert J. Jonker dismissed the cases brought by Plaintiffs Robert Hahn, Michael Caldwell and Michael McCormick in orders filed Monday. In March 2020, Caldwell was demoted from his position as captain and Hahn was fired from his former position as state police inspector. The order states that the plaintiffs of this case simply disagree with the policies and priorities of the MSP. The Michigan Constitution forbids affirmative action in the hiring of government workers, based on a ballot initiative passed by voters in 2006.mlive.com
Police rescue men from burning vehicles after wrong-way U.S. 127 crash, police say
INGHAM COUNTY, MI -- Michigan State Police troopers rescued three men from a fiery wrong-way crash involving three vehicles on U.S. 127 Wednesday night. The trooper immediately attempted to rescue the driver of the truck, whose vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, police said. The officers were able to slow the spread of the fire and rescue that driver, police said. The driver of the third vehicle, a 19-year old man from Leslie, was also taken by ambulance to Sparrow Hospital, police said. The crash remains under investigation, but alcohol does appear to be a factor, police said.mlive.com
Boy Scouts sex abuse subject of Michigan Attorney General, MSP investigation
LANSING, MI - The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy more than a year ago pending tens of thousands of child sexual abuse claims. Flash forward to Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel launched a joint investigation with the Michigan State Police to unearth more of these abuses. Nessel and the MSP are asking the public to report examples of abuse through their anonymous hotline at 844-324-3374. “My department has proven our commitment to accountability through similar sex abuse investigations and I believe-with the public’s help-we can secure justice for survivors who endured abuse through Boy Scouts of America,” Nessel said in a statement. It also filed to create a fund to compensate male victims of sex abuse by scoutmasters and other leaders, the AP reportedThe Boy Scouts of America is dealing with more than 80,000 sexual abuse claims globally, the AP reported.mlive.com
MSP trooper charged in crash that caused death of unborn twin in Flint Township
FLINT TWP, MI -- The Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized criminal charges against a Michigan State Police officer after a September crash that caused the death of a woman’s unborn child. The charges come after an investigation into a Sept. 14, 2020, traffic crash in Flint Township. The driver of the patrol vehicle was transported to an area hospital for treatment and was released a short time later. The passenger of the patrol vehicle was not injured. Read more on MLive:Police identify Flint woman shot multiple times, killed in homeMan critically injured in shooting at Flint apartment complex17-year-old boy fatally shot in FlintMan charged in Flint shooting that left 1 dead, 1 criticalMan dies after being shot multiple times in FlintMorning shooting in Flint leaves one hospitalizedMan charged with murder in shooting death of 16-year-old in Flintmlive.com
Michigan state trooper charged with assault for dog attack
LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan State Police trooper has been charged with felonious assault in connection with a traffic stop in which he let his police dog attack a motorist despite no resistance, the agency said Friday. Parker Surbrook was charged following the Nov. 13 traffic stop in Lansing where a passenger was believed to be armed, state police said. Surbrook let his dog attack the driver “for an extended period of time,” police said. Surbrook joined the state police in 2012 and he became a canine handler in 2017. He's been removed from the canine unit and will remain on unpaid suspension while the criminal charge is pending, police said.
Michigan trooper charged after siccing K-9 on suspect for minutes after he surrendered
A Michigan State Police canine handler was charged Friday with felonious assault for siccing his dog on a suspect for several minutes after he had already surrendered in Lansing.Trooper Parker Surbrook has been suspended without pay and was charged in 54-A District Court in Lansing. The car fled and crashed into a tree.When Surbrook arrived, he deployed his canine on the driver, who was on the ground and injured from the crash. Stop him!” Surbrook told the canine. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police, said Surbrook’s actions crossed the line.“The Michigan State Police is an agency that prides itself in our troopers’ abilities to react with calm and confidence even in the most dangerous and harrowing of circumstances,” Gasper said in a statement. This makes Trooper Surbrook’s disregard of the driver’s pleas for help totally unacceptable.”You can see the video below.metrotimes.com
National Guard activated at Michigan Capitol
The Legislature has also canceled session next week, citing law enforcement's concerns about “credible threats regarding events" at the Capitol. Gretchen Whitmer activated the National Guard, the state police continued to augment its presence at the Capitol and crews installed a 6-foot, chain-link fence around the 142-year-old building before expected protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The Legislature on Friday also canceled session next week, citing law enforcement's concerns about “credible threats regarding events" at the Capitol. Troopers were being mobilized from across the state and will be joined by the National Guard and local law enforcement. Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard, said Whitmer — at the request of local officials — had activated troops to help protect people, facilities and key infrastructure.monroenews.com
Michigan Capitol on alert ahead of expected protest at noon Sunday
LANSING, Mich. – Government buildings in Lansing are boarded up in preparation of an expected armed protest at the state Capitol. In addition to heavy police presence the Michigan National Guard has been activated by Gov. The Lansing Police Department announced that there is an event planned for noon at the Michigan Capitol on Sunday, Jan. 17. Gen. Michael McDaniel, who served as the assistant general for Homeland Security, Michigan National Guard. Michigan State Police, working with the Michigan National Guard and FBI, says that have increased personnel and protective measures at the Capitol and in Downtown Lansing.
Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)LANSING, Mich. – Law enforcement agencies across Michigan are stepping up security measures at the Capitol and in surrounding areas to prepare for expected armed protests starting this weekend. Michigan State Police, working with the Michigan National Guard and FBI, says that have increased personnel and protective measures at the Capitol and in Downtown Lansing. The Lansing Police Department announced that there is an event planned for noon at the Michigan Capitol on Sunday, Jan. 17. “I can assure you that we take our responsibility for safeguarding the Capitol and those who work and visit here seriously and, together with our law enforcement partners, we will be prepared to ensure law and order.”On Friday, Michigan Gov. The FBI has warned local law enforcement agencies in all 50 states of possible armed protests at state Capitol buildings starting this weekend.
MSP increases Trooper patrols, protective measures in Lansing ahead of expected protests
LANSING, Mich. – Officials in Lansing are on high alert as new precautions are being taken ahead of expected protests Saturday and Sunday. After the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building that left five dead, Michigan State Police raised the number of troopers patrolling Lansing. We just ask you do it safely and you respect our city, respect our state Capitol,” said Lansing Police chief Daryl Green. Militia group advises members to avoid protest at Michigan CapitolMichigan State Police are preparing for a protest expected Sunday at the state Capitol. A group that had planned to protest is now telling its members to avoid the Capitol.
Governor Whitmer Activated The National Guard at Michigan Capital
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Michigan State Police names its Trooper of the Year for 2020
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A member of the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post has received the department’s 2020′s Trooper of the Year Award. Joseph McMillan, honored with the 2020 Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award. “They represent the connection your State Police seeks to make every single day in communities across Michigan. The Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. Prior to serving at the Mount Pleasant Post, he served at the former Bridgeport Post and the Tri-City Post.mlive.com
MSP, Kroger Partner To Provide Thanksgiving Dinners To 200 Families In Michigan
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Michigan bans open carry of firearms at voting locations on Election Day
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials have banned the open carry of firearms at voting locations, clerk’s offices and absent voting counting boards on Election Day. “The presence of firearms at the polling place, clerk’s office(s), or absent voter counting board may cause disruption, fear, or intimidation for voters, election workers, and others present. READ: Is Michigan an open carry gun state? “Michigan voters have the right to vote in person on Election Day free from threat and intimidation. If you are in danger at the polls you should call 911 before alerting an election worker.
Open carry of guns at polling places in Michigan is banned to limit voter intimidation
click to enlarge Steve NeavlingPolling station in Detroit. “I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation or harassment. “An armed presence at the polls is inconsistent with our notion of a free democracy. I stand with the Secretary in her commitment to ensure that every eligible voter who wants to vote in person can do so safely and without fear or intimidation.”People who witness voter intimidation or other unlawful conduct at the polls are asked to report the incident to an election worker. In the event of an emergency, Benson encourages voters to call 911 before informing an election worker.You can learn more about different ways to vote on or before Tuesday, Nov. 3 with our voter guidemetrotimes.com
Michigan State Police posts traffic stop data, says rise in stops involving Black drivers ’merits review’
DETROIT – Michigan State Police has launched a new site where they are publishing data on traffic stops and other arrests broken down by county, race and other factors. Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Joe Gasper today announced the creation of a new Transparency and Accountability webpage that provides the public with easy access to information about the administration and operation of the MSP. Information includes department policies, strategic plan, training requirements, recruiting and staffing numbers and use of force and traffic stop data, among other topics. MSP said much of the information posted on the webpage was already publicly available, but the new webpage puts it all in one location for ease of access. Once this advanced research and analysis is completed, the results will be shared publicly.
Michigan State Police trooper dies after being struck by suspected drunk driver
LANSING, Mich. A trooper who was struck by a drunk driver while on duty on July 10 has died, according to police. Caleb Starr joined the Michigan State Police in Sept. 2018, as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School. He is survived by his wife, Rachael, who is a civilian member of the MSP, and their two young daughters. Starr was westbound on Grand River Avenue when a vehicle traveling east, driven by a 28-year-old woman from Utah crossed the center line. Charges are pending against the driver from Utah, who is believed to still be hospitalized, according to police.
New task force to identify, prosecute unemployment insurance fraud in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel created a new task force to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of fraud in the unemployment insurance program amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The task force plans to use IP addresses and financial records to identify and prosecute the fraudsters. Officials say this year’s surge in unemployment claims from Michigan families due to the COVID-19 crisis and the urgency to process the claims created opportunities for fraudsters to exploit the system. MORE: Scammers causing even more delays for Michigan unemployment systemThe task force will be led by Nessel, the U.S. Department of Labor, Michigan State Police (MSP) and the Michigan departments of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Management & Budget and Treasury. “Our message to those who wish to fraudulently benefit from the COVID-19 crisis is that we’re watching and you will be caught.”Individuals can report fraud in the unemployment insurance program online here.
MSP Adds 20 Motor Carrier Officers
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State sees small decrease in opioid deaths
As Michigan continues to battle an opioid epidemic that has claimed the lives of thousands, state officials have reported a slight decrease in overdose deaths. Its a 3.2% decrease from 2017s figures, which were 2,686 overdose deaths. Opioids, such as Oxycontin and heroin, continue to produce high numbers of overdose deaths in the county despite widespread efforts to battle the epidemic. Across the state, its the first decline in overdose deaths in six years, according to a MDHHS press release. Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police, said his department is committed to continuing to combat opioid epidemic in the state.monroenews.com
Michigan State Police to drivers: Expect to see troopers this weekend
Michigan State Police are stepping up traffic enforcement ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Troopers will take part in three traffic safety initiatives over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in an effort to reduce or eliminate serious injury and fatal traffic crashes. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts), Click it or Ticket and the 6 State Trooper Project. “The MSP wants drivers to make safe driving decisions this holiday weekend,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. Last year, 15 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 19 deaths over the Memorial Day weekend, the most fatalities over the Memorial Day holiday weekend since 2014.