Daniel Boothe

A Muskegon Heights police officer Tuesday received the medal of honor after being shot in the line of duty last year, as fellow law enforcement officers, elected officials, friends and family of Robert Kooi gathered to witness the event. 

It was last year on July 6th, 2019, when Officer Kooi responded to the Shell Mart Gas station on Sherman Boulevard, after 911 dispatch operators received a report that shots had been fired.

Boy, 15, charged in fatal shooting of 10-year-old relative

Jul 29, 2020

  A 15-year-old Detroit boy has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old relative in an apartment that police say was being used like a “flophouse” by a group of young people. The teen was arraigned Tuesday. Orran Baugh of Detroit was shot once in the chest Wednesday in the Warren apartment, just north of Detroit. He later died at a hospital. Police say eight youths -- ages 13 to 17 -- were interviewed by investigators as witnesses.

police crime scene tape
Tony Webster via Wikimedia | CC BY 3.0 / Wikimedia.org

Another homicide in Grand Rapids over the weekend, and after Police Chief called for an end to the violence on Friday. The murder Sunday brings the number of homicides this year in the city of Grand Rapids to 20, and that is two more than the total amount in 2019, and it’s still July.

At 2:20 a.m. Sunday, officers were flagged down on the 700 block of Turner Ave. NW where authorities say they found an unconscious adult victim with multiple apparent Gun Shot Wounds. Officers initiated CPR prior to paramedics, but the victim, a 24-year old male, died.

Whitmer proposes police reforms

Jun 29, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has rolled out more police reform plans.

The plans include a ban on chokeholds, and requiring other officers to intervene where they see misconduct.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist is leading the administration’s police reform efforts. He says in many places, police departments have lost the trust of communities they’re supposed to protect.

“They haven’t felt like law enforcement was always on the same team. And I think what we’re trying to do is enable people to experience that.”


On Thursday, Grand Rapids City Manager, Mark Washington, Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Eric Payne, Brandon Davis, Director of Oversight and Public Accountability and Stacy Stout, Director of Diversity inclusion hosted a closed meeting to discuss community and police relations. 

Here is Denavvia Mojet, one of those invited, sharing her thoughts through a video of the meeting shared on social media. 


The Michigan Senate has adopted a bill to require training for all law enforcement officers in recognizing bias and de-escalating conflicts.

The bill moved unusually fast from a Senate committee to a floor vote as protests continue across the state against police brutality. The training and continuing education for officers would have to include developing skills to recognize bias and de-escalate conflicts.

State Senator Erica Geiss said the protests show there’s an urgent need to move policing into a new era…   

  Michigan officials ordered a private contractor to halt work on a multimillion-dollar state police database because it isn't working. The contractor, Information Builders, was told to stop by Feb. 10 due to the “inoperable data hub.” The letter was obtained by the Detroit Free Press. Separately, the attorney general's office disputed a $2.6 million bill from Information Builders. There was no immediate comment from the company. The $12.2 million contract covers a database with criminal records, traffic crashes and other incidents.

Police car bar lights photo
Edward Kimmel via Flickr | CC BY 2.0 / www.flickr.com/photos/mdfriendofhillary/11029946016

  Authorities say an intruder shot and wounded three law enforcement officers at a home in southwestern Michigan and the body of a homeowner who had been taken hostage was found inside.

The Kalamazoo County sheriff’s office and other agencies responded Sunday night to a reported home invasion in Comstock Township and learned that the male suspect had three hostages. Police say they heard gunfire inside the home before they went in and were shot.

Michigan state trooper injured during I-94 traffic stop

Nov 26, 2019
Police Lights Photo
Wikimedia Commons

  Michigan State Police say a trooper was injured when a suspect’s car struck the officer as the driver sped away from a traffic stop.

Police say troopers had stopped a Jeep Cherokee for speeding along Interstate 94 in Berrien County about 3 a.m. Monday when its driver accelerated and raced away, leaving an officer with minor injuries.

The suspect’s vehicle continued east on I-94 in southwestern Michigan, with police in pursuit, before exiting in Bridgman and getting onto westbound lanes of I-94.

GRPD respond to the two shootings that happened over the weekend

Jul 9, 2019

The first shooting  happened in the area of Pearl Street and Summer Avenue where officers responded after hearing multiple gun shots fired. Two young men were taken to an area hospital with injuries resulting from the shooting.

The second incident took place in the area of 6thand Front Avenue after a 911 call came in. Upon arrival officers located victims. The shots fired killed 21 year old Saul Espinoza and injured a woman.

According to Eric Payne, Deputy Police Chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department the two shootings were unrelated, and not random acts of violence.