George Floyd

Black Lives Matter protestors
Abigail Censky, WKAR

A new policy in Ingham County will affect how prosecutors examine and charge people with resisting arrest.

The Lansing city council heard more than two hours of public comment during a meeting Monday night over a proposal to cut the city’s police budget in half over five years.


Brandon Betz announces draft resolution to partially defund the Lansing Police Department.
Brandon Betz/ Facebook

After a white police officer killed George Floyd in May, there have been nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic injustice. Now, calls to defund the police have grown louder across the country.

In Lansing, one city council member is proposing cutting the city’s police budget in half over a 5-year period and redirecting that money to other public safety initiatives.


George Floyd mural photo
Barb Whitney / Lansing Art Gallery

A Lansing mural depicting George Floyd was defaced with white paint on Tuesday.


Lansing police patrol unit
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Monday for an end to the use of police chokeholds and limiting no-knock warrants.

Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Black Lives Matter staged coordinated protests in several Michigan cities Monday.  In Lansing, leaders demanded four specific actions of their local officials.

Protest leader Paul Birdsong talks with Lansing Mayor Andy Schor on the steps of the state capitol Sunday night. Now Birdsong's calls for change have turned to calls for  Schor's resignation.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has announced further steps to reform the city’s police force and address diversity after weeks of small, nightly protests called for his resignation.


Protestors in Grand Rapids
Tone Fields

51 years ago this month, police raided a gay bar in New York City called the Stonewall Inn. During the raid, patrons fought back when police got violent, and several days of riots followed.

The next year, the LGBTQ+ community commemorated those riots with a parade. Since then, Pride has been celebrated in June in honor of the first riot at Stonewall.

This year’s Pride in the Capital Region is different.

George Floyd Funeral | Special Coverage

Jun 9, 2020
Scene from memorial display
Jim Urquhart / NPR

12pm Tue. Jun. 9 on WKAR NewsTalk AM870 and 105.1 FM and WATCH LIVE HERE  | NPR live coverage of the funeral for George Floyd, 46, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.  The service will be held at The Fountain of Praise in Houston.

The Grand Ledge school board has selected Dr. David Chapin to be the district’s interim superintendent after last week’s decision to begin dismissal proceedings against Brian Metcalf.

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