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Sergeant Jon Wu, supervisor in the Vice Unit of the Grand Rapids Police Department, says as the state heads to potentially legalizing recreational marijuana the department is preparing to increase enforcement. 

“The way that some of the proposals are written now, there is going to be a pretty high tax on the marijuana that’s grown, and when you have a high tax on something you begin to have a black market in that to avoid that tax.” 

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Alisha Lauchie, therapist certified in trauma focused behavioral therapy, she says that the African-American youths who were cuffed at gunpoint by Grand Rapids Police Department is not an isolated experience for children of color.

“I think we have to do as a community much better with treating our children as children. Essentially these were two boys that were in their neighbocrhood, on their street, not doing anything that was threatening or anything that was dangerous.” 

Wesley Morgan, local mental health professional says the children experienced a traumatic event.  

  

The Grand Rapids Police Department is asking for the public’s help in fighting crime as the GRPD launched two initiatives on Tuesday that will assist officers in their investigations of violent or illegal activity. The first is a system of leaving front door hangers on homes as police go from residence to residence in search of information after incidents involving a gun. 

The Grand Rapids Police Department hopes to improve communication and problem solving with residents of the western Michigan city.

Community members are invited to two trust-building sessions scheduled June 27 at Grand Rapids Community College. The police department says each interactive session focuses on objectives instead of suspicion about others' intentions.

Chief David Rahinsky says there are local and national conversations about "trust between the community and law enforcement."

After a video of police officers using force to arrest an African-American Man went viral, the Grand Rapids Police Department is defending the officer’s actions. 

An 8 second video posted on Facebook shows two Grand Rapids Police Officers struggling to handcuff 26-year-old Clinton Rice outside a local gas station, when a third officer seemingly comes out of nowhere and strikes Rice twice with his knee.

The video’s post, which has been viewed thousands of times, uses vulgar language and suggests that the police officers used unnecessary force on a helpless man.

The Grand Rapids Police Department has announced a new policy that addresses how police officers are expected to interact with local youths. This comes after separate instances involving officers and young people in the past year made nationwide headlines. 

According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, the new Youth Interaction Policy is the first recommendation by the City’s Police Policy and Procedure Task Force to be adopted. The policy outlines the police department’s expectation that officers use good judgment and act in the best interest of youth.

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The Grand Rapids Police Policy and Procedure Review Task Force is inviting the public to hear its second quarterly report Wednesday. Initially created after a traffic study found Grand Rapids police officers were twice as likely to pull over black drivers as non-black drivers, city officials are hoping the task force will increase transparency and repair trust between the community and the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Heading the effort is Ronald L. Davis, former President Barack Obama’s executive director for the President’s Task Force.

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Police officers in western Michigan won't be disciplined for detaining an 11-year-old girl, her mother and aunt at gunpoint outside of their home while searching for another aunt suspected in a stabbing.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said in a news release Wednesday that an internal investigation of the Dec. 6 incident found the officers didn't violate department policy.

Grand Rapids has seen a sharp increase in illegal firearms seizures in recent years. Grand Rapids police have seized more than 265 illegal guns so far this year, up from 254 in 2016 and more than double the 127 in 2013. The department began its One More Gun Off the Street program in 2016 to publicly highlight the effort to recover illegally owned or used guns. 

In the wake of Grand Rapids Police Officers handcuffing an 11-year-old black girl at gunpoint, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is weighing on the issue. After fighting tears at the City Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, Bliss issued this statement via her facebook page:  

 “I was heartbroken by what I saw on the video, and it confirms we still have a lot of work to do. No child should have this experience. It was painful to watch, we must and we will do better.”

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