Former Police Officer Darnell Blackburn Joins Local 4 News
Former Police Officer Darnell Blackburn is joining WDIV-Local 4 as the station’s Crime and Safety Expert on all platforms -- Local 4 News on television, the station website clickondetroit.com, and on the station’s streaming channel Local 4+ -- it was announced today by station Vice President and General Manager Bob Ellis.
Midtown ice cream shop serves up social media controversy with post about police
An ice cream shop serves up social media controversy with a post about police. On Thursday (June 30), the Detroit Police Department Chief has some things to say about it. The ice cream shop is called Cold Truth in Midtown, right on Cass Avenue.
New program allows Detroit Public Safety Academy students to jump start career in law enforcement
A new program allows students at Detroit Public Safety Academy earn their high school diploma and associate’s degree in criminal justice at the same time with the help of the Detroit Police Department and Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD).
Two vehicles, one building damaged after shots fired at Pittsfield apartment complex
Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image. PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Shots were fired on Saturday night after 10 p.m. at the Lynden Parke Apartments in Pittsfield Township. Pittsfield Police Officers and Washtenaw County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the complex at 2224 Golfside Road after receiving reports of shots fired and a report of a shooting directed at a subject. According to reports, an unknown person fired multiple rounds from a vehicle parked at Lynden Parke Apartments on the victim’s vehicle, and struck it several times. The gunfire also struck another vehicle and one of the apartment buildings.
Clinton Township police chief dies from complications due to COVID-19
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – COVID-19 has taken another member of law enforcement. Clinton Township is mourning the loss of its police chief who gave 41 years of service to the community. Fred Posavetz had been with the department for more than four decades serving as chief since 2007. The last time Clinton Township Supervisor, Bob Cannon, saw his good friend it was to swear in a new officer. A great community leader,” said Posavetz.
US House passes police reform bill named for George Floyd
It’s coming in the form of a bill that was just passed by the U.S. House -- and it’s named after George Floyd. After months of protests over the last summer, Americans across the country said that the killing of George Floyd -- a Black Minnesota man -- was a wake up call for the nation. Lawrence says that members of Congress couldn’t ignore what happened to George Floyd and the cultural aftermath. “The George Floyd (Justice in Policing Act) is not a ‘Black bill,’ it’s not just for African Americans,” Lawrence said. We wanted body worn cameras,” Craig said.
Washtenaw County law enforcement, Rep. Debbie Dingell release joint statement ahead of presidential inauguration
ANN ARBOR – Rep. Debbie Dingell and police departments across Washtenaw County have released a joint statement about community safety ahead of Inauguration Day. Although the group said no imminent threat within the county leading up to the inauguration has been reported, officials said they are working closely with their state and federal colleagues to ensure the community remains safe. “Together, we have been monitoring the activities related to the attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C. and the subsequent fallout leading to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration,” read the statement. Ahead of expected armed protests this weekend at Michigan’s Capitol, Michigan State Police, the Michigan National Guard and the FBI now have an increased presence at the building and throughout downtown Lansing. To see the full statement, click here.
New app aims to help drivers safely navigate traffic stops
As this country has seen numerous times, traffic stops can often lead to scary interactions between law enforcement and citizens -- especially for minorities. Legal Equalizer is an app designed to help keep citizens safe during a traffic stop by by recording the stop and connecting users to help in real time. "The way the app works is when you log in, it’s going to ask you for access to your contacts -- please say yes. “We also have (information on) what to do during police encounters and immigration encounters,” Njaie said. Njaie says he has spoken with several police departments who have shown approval of the app, saying it’s a way to hold everyone accountable.
President Trump, Gov. Whitmer accuse each other of inciting violence
MUSKEGON, Mich. – President Donald Trump took aim at Gov. Both Whitmer and the White House are accusing the other of inciting violence. Whitmer and Trump have frequently sparred words over the past few months. After the terrorism plot against kidnapping or assassinating Whitmer was exposed, the governor said Trumps words enabled and encouraged violence. “The president is at it again and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism,” Whitmer said.
President Donald Trump takes aim at Gov. Whitmer at campaign stop in Michigan
MUSKEGON, Mich. – President Donald Trump took aim at Gov. During his 90 minute speech in Muskegon, Trump mentioned the domestic terrorism plot to kidnap Whitmer and how she has been handling the COVID-19 outbreak. Whitmer said Trump inspired the terrorist plot and the President criticized Whitmer at the event. “It needs to stop.”The FBI arrested multiple Michigan men this month who they claim were plotting to kidnap or kill Whitmer. Ivanka Trump will campaign on behalf of her father Monday and Dr. Jill Biden will be in Michigan to campaign Tuesday.
Crowd gathers in Muskegon for President Trump rally Saturday
President Donald Trump delivered remarks in Muskegon on Saturday, Oct. 17 as part of his Make America Great campaign for reelection. “You gotta get your governor to open up your state,” President Trump said to supporters at the event. The crowd then began chanting “Lock her up!” -- to which Trump responded, “Lock 'em all up.”You can see more in the video above. Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden issued a statement Saturday regarding Trump’s visit to Michigan:“Michigan families are facing enormous challenges right now. "With their votes, Michiganders now have a chance to put an end to President Trump’s chaos and failures.
President Trump to visit Muskegon on Saturday, Oct. 17
All rights reserved)President Donald Trump is set to visit Muskegon on Saturday, Oct. 17. Trump is expected to deliver remarks on supporting law enforcement at FlyBy Air, according to his campaign. There are just 21 days to go until the 2020 presidential election and Michigan is starting to see somewhat of a shift. This week Eric Trump is in Oakland County, Vice President Mike Pence is in Grand Rapids and the Trump campaign has re-upped its ad buy in Metro Detroit. READ: Peters vs. James in Michigan US Senate race: Where they stand on 6 big issues
Man accused of assaulting Rochester Hills homeowner for blue exterior lights faces felony charges
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – A 24-year-old man is facing two felony charges after a Rochester Hills man was allegedly attacked for using blue lights outside of his home in support of law enforcement. The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is charging Justin Michael Brown, of Rochester Hills, with one count of first-degree home invasion and one count of resisting and obstructing a police officer. Brown is accused of harassing and assaulting the Rochester Hills homeowner, Tom Hayes, as he returned to his residence on Sunday. Hayes says that he does decorate the exterior of his home with blue lights to display support for law enforcement. “He refers to the blue lights, saying that I support the cops.
Rochester Hills man says he was attacked for blue lights supporting law enforcement
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Tom Hayes said he picked up his pizza and was driving home in Rochester Hills when he saw three men walking down Milton Street. You know where the white (explicit) are at.’”Hayes does have blue lights on his home to show support for law enforcement. As they tried to take the suspect into custody, he took off running and deputies used a taser on him. The suspect is a 24-year-old man with prior convictions for aggravated assault with a weapon and drug offenses out of Florida. All of those things are playing in and we’re seeing a greater escalation of violence but that kind of escalation is never the answer," Bouchard said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff appointed founding member of national criminal justice think tank
ANN ARBOR Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton has been elected as a founding member of a new nationwide organization and think tank that aims to steer policy in the criminal justice field. According to its mission statement:The Council on Criminal Justice advances understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. We believe a fair and effective criminal justice system is essential to democracy and a core measure of our nations well-being. The Councils advisory Board of Trustees is co-chaired by Mark Holden of Koch Industries and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Jerry BrownFormer Philadelphia Mayor Michael NutterVan Jones of CNNSheriff Clayton was nominated by Trustees and Directors and elected by the Councils Board of Directors.
Michigan officials zero in on police reform as nation decries police brutality
We must do more than just condemn bigotry and acts of excessive force committed by law enforcement officers. Mandating law enforcement agencies report use of force data, disaggregated by race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion and age. Creating an independent investigative and prosecutorial process for deaths that involve the actions of law enforcement officers. Requiring continuing education for law enforcement officers as a license requirement; improving and standardizing police policies and trainings (including de-escalation, cultural competence and implicit bias trainings). Whitmer has encouraged continuing education for law enforcement officers, and has supported legislation that requires increased implicit bias and de-escalation training for Michigan officers.
Washtenaw County Community Advisory Board for Law Enforcement seeks input on Ypsilanti incident
YPSILANTI, Mich. The Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office Community Advisory Board for Law Enforcement is requesting public input relating to a May incident in the Apple Ridge neighborhood of Ypsilanti. On May 26, ShaTeina Grady El and her husband Daniyal Grady El were arrested by Washtenaw County Sheriffs deputies after allegedly refusing to leave the scene of a shooting. In a YouTube video, CABLE chair Justin Hodge asked community members to share their thoughts and opinions on the incident, which will be relayed to the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office. CABLE was created to liaise between the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office and the public. Members of the advisory board gather information on issues regarding the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office, review policies or procedures and make recommendations on incidents.
Examining police reform: Does it work?
Police reform is not a new topic of conversation, however; police reform dates back to the mid 1800s and was continuously encouraged all throughout the 20th century. These past grievances, past harms by law enforcement, need to be addressed before even attempting to move forward.What does police reform look like? Police reform happening nowIn response to the national outrage over Floyds and Taylors deaths, police departments around the country have committed to police reform. Alternative to police reformSome advocates are calling to defund the police instead of promoting police reform following Floyds death. Defunding advocates argue that procedural police reform does not adequately address systemic racism in the U.S. and therefore wont effect enough change to make a difference for marginalized communities.
Detroit City Council urges police reform amid national outcry against police brutality
DETROIT The Detroit City Council released a statement Tuesday urging the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners to adopt police reformations amid the national unrest over the killing of George Floyd. People across the country are protesting against police brutality and demanding change to prevent further tragedies from occurring in the future. Detroit organizers have demanded more widespread change that includes but goes beyond the police department, including a move to defund the police, make Detroit a sanctuary city, restore running water to all city residents and more. READ MORE: Detroit protest leaders list 11 demands ahead of meeting with mayor, police chiefLast week Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones announced her support for the peaceful protests demanding justice for Floyd and countless other Black Americans unjustly killed by police officers. We still see them and we will do right by them.You can read the Detroit City Councils full statement supporting police reform by clicking here.
Michigan Senate passes bill to require implicit bias, de-escalation training for police
LANSING, Mich. (AP) The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would require police to be trained on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques to minimize the use of force more than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests. The legislation would also mandate, starting in 2022, that officers complete annual continuing education. Michigan is among six states without such a requirement, according to a 2017 report. We must change this, the bill sponsor, Democratic Sen. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, said while choking up. The measure, which was passed just a week after its introduction in the Republican-led chamber, was sent to the House for further consideration.
Michigan legislature passes bill requiring implicit bias, de-escalation police training amid national unrest
LANSING, Mich. Michigan legislators passed a new bill Thursday that establishes mandatory training for incoming law enforcement officers on implicit bias, de-escalation techniques and mental health screening. Officials say some Michigan police departments already require some form of de-escalation, cultural competency or implicit bias training, but it is not currently required as part of law enforcement officers Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards training. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer showed support for Bill 945 in a Facebook post Wednesday. She also urged law enforcement to prioritize policies requiring officers to intervene if they see a colleague doing something wrong. The passage of Senate Bill 945 is a necessary step in the right direction.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer backs police changes after deaths of Floyd, others
LANSING, Mich. (AP) Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Wednesday for policy changes to prevent police abuses following the killings of George Floyd and other black people, backing continuing education for officers in Michigan and legislation that would require training on implicit bias and deescalation techniques. She also urged law enforcement agencies to implement policies so officers must intervene if they see a colleague doing something inappropriate or illegal. Whitmer did not immediately push for changes on the use of force, however. We recognize the shortcomings of the systems in place today systems that have left black, Latino and other communities of color feeling underserved, even threatened by law enforcement, said Lt. Gov.
New bill to require de-escalation training for Michigan law enforcement amid national outcry against police brutality
LANSING, Mich. Michigan Senator Jeff Irwin introduced a new bill to increase law enforcement training that focuses on de-escalation techniques amid a national outcry to end police brutality. Irwins Bill 945 would ensure all incoming police officers receive training on de-escalation techniques, implicit bias and mental health screening as part of their certification. Great police agencies are already training their officers in implicit bias and mental health screening. The Legislature needs to make these best practices in police training the law.The Michigan bill comes just after a 46-year-old black Minneapolis man was killed by police officers using excessive force on Memorial Day. Read: Swift firings for 4 white Minneapolis officers in death of black manFloyds tragic death was captured on video and has garnered national attention, fueling violent protests in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.