Police to boost presence for Grand Rapids Pride Festival
Police in western Michigan plan a more visible presence for the upcoming Grand Rapids Pride Festival following last weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The Grand Rapids Press reports the city's police department will increase patrols and put a mobile command center near Saturday's festival street fair, which takes place on and around downtown's Calder Plaza.
A block party is planned on Sunday.
Police department spokesman Terry Dixon says people will see "a considerable police presence compared to last year" as a precaution.
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss has written a letter of condolence to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer that says the people of Grand Rapids "express our sincere sympathy and offer prayers of support during this difficult time."