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GRPD Names the Officer Responsible for the Death of Patrick Lyoya

by (AlaynnaDressler)

Submitted 04-28-2022 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Police Department confirms the name of the officer who shot and killed Patrick Lyoya Nearly a month after Patrick Lyoya was shot and killed, the GRPD has released the name of the officer responsible. "In the interest of...

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Community Updates: Friday, April 15

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 04-15-2022 under NEWS

Protestors Gather in Downtown Grand Rapids After Video Footage of Patrick Lyoya's Death is Released to the Public During a press conference on Wednesday, April 13, the Grand Rapids Police Department released footage from the officer-involved...

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A Family in Mourning: The Community's Response to the Death of Patrick Lyoya

by (AlaynnaDressler)

Submitted 04-12-2022 under NEWS

Over the weekend, members of the community rallied behind the family of Patrick Lyoya to demand justice after he was shot and killed by a GRPD officer last Monday. On the morning of April 4, 2022, the Grand Rapids Police Department and the City of...

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Community Updates: Friday, Apr. 8

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 04-08-2022 under NEWS

Michigan State Police conduct an investigation into a shooting involving a GRPD officer On the morning of April 4th, 2022, the Grand Rapids Police Department announced that one person was dead after an officer-involved shooting. According to a press...

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Community updates: Friday, Aug. 6

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 08-06-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne to retire next year Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne will be retiring in early 2022, he publicly announced on Tuesday. His retirement comes after more than three decades with the department and assuming...

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Struggling with Racism on the Fourth of July

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 07-10-2020 under NONPROFITS

Written by Doug Kindschi, Director, Kaufman Interfaith Institute I am writing this week’s column on the Fourth of July, not in a big crowd watching fireworks, but quietly reflecting on our country, its history – both the good and the bad...

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A personal confession: I am a racist

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 06-26-2020 under NONPROFITS

by Doug Kindschi, Director, Kaufman Interfaith Institute As a child I had very positive contacts with African Americans, never recall telling a racist joke or using the “n-word.”  As an adult I have tried to support equality for all...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: DNA Privacy and Misuse of Information

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-14-2019 under OPINION

A recent NPR story raises questions of DNA privacy. “The police currently [are] using [searches of public DNA databases] to find ... [murderers] and bad people. But are we OK with using this technique to identify people in a political...

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Does the Grand Rapids Police Officers Association contract promote police officer misconduct?

by (Lyonel LaGrone II)

Submitted 12-18-2018 under OPINION

A citizen-based analysis of the current state of police-community relations in the City of Grand Rapids has revealed a consistent narrative: there is a clear resistance from the GRPD to accept accountability.   The pattern in practice of GRPD...

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Diverse neighborhood voices share report about communities and policing

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 08-09-2018 under NONPROFITS

In 2017, the Heartside Neighborhood held their first National Night Out. According to the National Night Out website, the event is “an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie...

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