Police seminar featuring controversial ‘Killology’ speaker Dave Grossman canceled in Novi
Retired Col. Dave Grossman has talked about taking a human life in several clips circulating the internet. But the executive director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) said the clips are taken out of context.
Howell man charged in connection with Pittsfield Township murder, shooting in Ypsilanti
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Roger Lee Pierce Jr., a 50-year-old man from Howell, was arraigned Saturday in connection with a Pittsfield Township homicide and a shooting in Ypsilanti. Police said they found the body of Marcus McMullan, a 39-year-old man from Ypsilanti, with a gunshot wound to the head. Police, joined by officers with the Detroit DEA office and Michigan State Police, took Pierce into custody on an arrest warrant for felonious assault. Police said during the interview with Pierce, additional search warrants led to charges being authorized for open murder and six other firearm related counts. Pierce was arraigned Saturday and is being held without bond.
Michigan police crackdown on drivers illegally passing school buses
Law enforcement across Michigan are ramping up patrols of drivers illegally passing school busses as a part of School Bus Safety Week. Operation Safe Stop is part of national School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 19-23. Michigan bus drivers conducted a one-day survey in May 2019. In just that one day, the 1,373 participating bus drivers reported 508 times that a motorist passed a school bus illegally. Drivers who pass stopped school buses may be charged with civil infractions carrying a fine between $100 and $500.
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.