Michigan State Police

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Michigan will not allow people to openly carry guns at or near polling places on Election Day in an effort to limit voter intimidation, the state’s top election official said Friday.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent the guidance to clerks just over a week after members of two anti-government paramilitary groups were charged with taking part in plotting the kidnapping of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Some of the men were charged under federal law and others under state law.

Man killed by police after mask dispute at Michigan store

Jul 15, 2020
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  One man is dead and another is hospitalized after an argument over wearing a face mask at a mid-Michigan convenience store.

Tuesday morning, a man refusing to wear a mask stabbed a mask-wearing man in the store parking lot, just south of Lansing.

A short time later, an Eaton County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed 43-year-old Sean Ruis as he came at her with a knife and screwdriver.

The chain of events left Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich at a loss for words.

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Dana Nessel

Michigan’s top law enforcement official unveiled several changes she hopes to make to policing in the state, including a public registry of verified police misconduct claims meant to increase transparency and prevent problem officers from getting rehired in law enforcement elsewhere.

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Michigan State Police

Two white men say they were the victims of illegal retaliation after objecting to efforts to diversify the Michigan State Police. Michael Caldwell and Robert Hahn filed lawsuits in federal court. They said they voiced objections after state police Director Joe Gasper told command officers that the department was "way too white and way too male." Caldwell was eventually demoted and Hahn was fired. State police say they violated policy related to the promotion process. Caldwell and Hahn say racial and gender preferences in public employment violate the state and U.S.

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Michigan State Police

All 203 of Michigan's alcohol breath testing devices are back in service amid a fraud investigation of the company that supplies the equipment. The Michigan State Police a criminal investigation last month into contract employees with Intoximeters Inc. and suspended its contract after evidence suggested the company falsified records and misrepresented the devices' accuracy. The Detroit Free Press reports that state police had announced all Datamaster DMT devices had been sidelined until the agency could verify that each was properly calibrated.

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Michigan State Police

  A Michigan State Police trooper has been sentenced to one year in jail for assaulting a female colleague while on duty.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday that 25-year-old Adam Mullin has already served 149 days of his sentence. He also was given three years of probation at his sentencing on Monday.

A jury in October convicted Mullin — who was assigned to the state police post in Caro — of obstruction of justice, obstructing a police officer causing injury, aggravated domestic violence and assault and battery.

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Michigan State Police

Michigan State Police want to invest more than $2 million dollars into technology to livestream patrol car dashboard cameras following a Detroit teenager's death after a state trooper used a stun gun on him.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included the technology upgrade in this year's state budget proposal. It would allow supervisors to monitor pursuits and other incidents in real time.

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Michigan State Police

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, police may be on extra alert to detect for drug-impaired driving. That means an elite group of officers who have received the highest level of drug-detection training may soon be in big demand.

In the state of Michigan, the most highly trained officers as it relates to detection of drug and alcohol impaired driving, are Drug Recognition Experts.

State Trooper Greg Primeau is a DRE. He says DRE’s receive intensive teaching that includes correctly identifying which drugs actual people under arrest have taken.

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Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police will assign more patrols to Michigan roadways to protect drivers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The MSP received a 10-thousand dollar grant to cover the additional staffing.

Captain Thomas Deasy says troopers will focus on pulling over distracted or impaired drivers. He says last year more than three-thousand people in Michigan were involved in crashes where drivers were distracted by their cell phones.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is pressing the Michigan State Police about whether racial profiling is a factor in traffic stops. The ACLU says the request comes after complaints from drivers regarding possible profiling of black and Latino motorists along Interstate 94. Those stops involve the agency's Fifth District Hometown Security Team. 

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