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.”

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City of Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Police Department held a news conference Friday updating the community on department reforms along with discussions about defunding its budget.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne says he’s talking with community members, receiving feedback and hearing their concerns. Over the next 60 days there will be revisions made to Use of Force practices like making it policy that chokeholds are off-limits unless it’s a deadly force encounter. De escalation will also be highlighted.

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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid. The bill would require able-bodied adults to perform an average of 30-hours of work, job training, or education every week. Pregnant adults, people with medical disabilities, and others would not be included.

Bill sponsor, Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and the CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Richard Studley, both agreed that the state’s Medicaid expansion, Healthy Michigan, isn’t working.

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