police http://michiganradio.org en Little fallout expected from landmark ruling on cell phones and police in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/little-fallout-expected-landmark-ruling-cell-phones-and-police-michigan <p>Michigan police officers and defense attorneys don’t expect much to change in the state after a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a privacy case.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/26/325760330/supreme-court-rules-police-need-warrants-for-most-cellphone-searches">The nation’s highest court ruled</a> that police need a warrant to search a criminal suspect’s mobile phone.</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18191 at http://michiganradio.org Little fallout expected from landmark ruling on cell phones and police in Michigan Police officers, firefighters push for exemption from bargaining law http://michiganradio.org/post/police-officers-firefighters-push-exemption-bargaining-law <p>Police and firefighter unions are pushing to be exempt from a state law that puts limits on municipal union contracts. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A state Senate committee takes up <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(gvgzv2ms20lftd450tvkupew))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2014-SB-0850">the bill </a>Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It used to be that when municipal unions bargained a new contract that included a pay increase, those raises would be retroactive to when the last contract expired.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:33:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 17849 at http://michiganradio.org Police officers, firefighters push for exemption from bargaining law More state Capitol security, no metal detectors http://michiganradio.org/post/more-state-capitol-security-no-metal-detectors <div>LANSING – Policing will increase this spring at the Michigan Capitol, but officials say they have no plans to add metal detectors.&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014303150015">The Detroit Free Press says </a>state police will bring more personnel to the Capitol area and will enhance its technology as well.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That includes making better use of video camera monitoring and introducing thermal imaging to spot intruders in parking lots and outside the Capitol after dark.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Capt. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:37:39 +0000 Associated Press 16867 at http://michiganradio.org More state Capitol security, no metal detectors ACLU asks for wider federal probe of Saginaw's police department http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-asks-wider-federal-probe-saginaws-police-department <p>Civil libertarians are calling on the U.S. Justice Department to expand a probe into the Saginaw Police Department.</p><p>The Justice Department has been examining the case of Milton Hall. He's a mentally ill homeless man who was gunned down by six Saginaw police officers as he threatened them with a knife.</p><p>The case has raised questions about how the department deals with African-Americans.</p><p>Mark Fancher is with the American Civil Liberties Union. He says his office has received several allegations that Saginaw police officers operate in a racially biased manner.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:16:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 14505 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU asks for wider federal probe of Saginaw's police department Police chiefs: spend more money now on early childhood programs & less later on prisons http://michiganradio.org/post/police-chiefs-spend-more-money-now-early-childhood-programs-less-later-prisons <p>A group of police chiefs and district attorneys is asking Congress to invest $75 billion over the next ten years on early childhood programs with proven success. The group says the investment will more than pay for itself in terms of reducing crime and prison costs.</p><p>The group says it’ll save money on prison costs in the long run.</p><p>Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says the State of Michigan and the country is at a fork in the road; spend money now on early childhood development, or spend more money later in the corrections department.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:34:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14447 at http://michiganradio.org Police chiefs: spend more money now on early childhood programs & less later on prisons Michigan bill regulates license plate readers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bill-regulates-license-plate-readers <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan lawmaker is planning to introduce legislation to regulate the use of devices that photograph license plates.<br><br>Rep. Sam Singh says his upcoming bill would require police agencies to delete license plate records from data systems within 48 hours unless the record is evidence of specific criminal wrongdoing.<br><br>The East Lansing Democrat said last week that innovative law enforcement ideas are needed to keep the public safe. But Singh says "a vast, unbridled data collection system cannot be tolerated in this state."<br> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 15:56:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14326 at http://michiganradio.org Study shows African-Americans more likely to be pulled over, searched in Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-african-americans-more-likely-be-pulled-over-searched-kalamazoo <p>African-American drivers are more than twice as likely to get pulled over than Caucasian drivers in the City of Kalamazoo. That’s <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201309/KDPS_Racial_Profiling_Study.pdf">according to a study the city released this week.</a></p><p>The study only looked at how the department deals with traffic stops. The data covers stops between March 2012 and February 2013.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:21:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14274 at http://michiganradio.org Study shows African-Americans more likely to be pulled over, searched in Kalamazoo In this morning's news: School safety drills, unconstitutional tracking tech, minimum wage protests http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-school-safety-drills-unconstitutional-tracking-tech-minimum-wage-protests <p><strong>Safety drills in schools are being ignored</strong></p><p>Under a proposal in Lansing, schools would be forced to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-police-lawmakers-look-crack-down-schools-ignore-emergency-drill-rules">report when and how emergency safety drills are conducted</a>. As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, state police officials say too many schools are ignoring laws meant to ensure school safety. The reports would have to be posted on schools’ web sites whenever they conduct a safety drill.</p><p><strong>Tracking by cell phone GPS could become a felony</strong></p><p>Another piece of legislation in Lansing would make it a felony for police officers to track someone by GPS in their cell phone without a warrant. The US Supreme Court ruled last year that the practice is unconstitutional. Democratic state Representative Jeff Irwin says the legislation is necessary to make sure law enforcement agencies are held accountable for such actions.</p><p><strong>Fast food workers protesting in Detroit and Flint</strong></p><p>Workers at some fast food chains in Detroit and Flint are expected to<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/fast-food-workers-expected-strike-flint-detroit-today"> walk off the job as part of a protest for higher wages</a> today. They want to be paid fifteen dollars an hour. Michigan’s current minimum wage is $7.40. The strike is expected to affect some McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy’s and other fast food restaurants.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:38:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13727 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: School safety drills, unconstitutional tracking tech, minimum wage protests Unmanned drones on the minds of Michigan lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/unmanned-drones-minds-michigan-lawmakers <p>Michigan lawmakers take up drone legislation this week.</p><p>The unmanned aircraft have proven effective in war, but some are concerned they may violate the rights of Michiganders.</p><p>Unmanned drones offer a new way to see the world. The drones can help police departments keep an eye on criminals, give state agencies a different way to survey state land and even help local school administrators watch students on the playground.</p><p>But there is concern that drones could be abused.</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:17:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12119 at http://michiganradio.org Unmanned drones on the minds of Michigan lawmakers The ACLU wants to know what some Michigan law enforcement agencies are doing with military equipment http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-wants-know-what-some-michigan-law-enforcement-agencies-are-doing-military-equipment <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is asking police departments in Michigan for information about their use of military-style weapons and tactics.</p><p></p><p>The ACLU sent public records requests this week to police departments in Detroit, Flint and Dearborn, as well as the Michigan State Police. &nbsp;&nbsp;Similar requests were sent to cities in 22 other states.</p><p></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:56:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 11557 at http://michiganradio.org The ACLU wants to know what some Michigan law enforcement agencies are doing with military equipment Former Detroit police officer, convicted in fatal beating, dies http://michiganradio.org/post/former-detroit-police-officer-convicted-fatal-beating-dies <p>DETROIT (AP) - A former Detroit police officer convicted in the 1992 fatal beating of a man near a drug house has died. Larry Nevers was 72.<br><br>The Macomb County medical examiner's office says Nevers died Sunday at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. No details about the cause were immediately available, although Nevers had emphysema.<br> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:57:34 +0000 The Associated Press 11085 at http://michiganradio.org Former Detroit police officer, convicted in fatal beating, dies DNA tests upon arrest for certain crimes, Michigan Senate to take up bill http://michiganradio.org/post/dna-tests-upon-arrest-certain-crimes-michigan-senate-take-bill <p>The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take up a bill this week that would expand DNA testing in the state.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2013-SIB-0105.htm">Senate Bill 105</a> would require people to provide a DNA sample when they are arrested for committing or attempting to commit a crime that is considered a felony or "for which the offender may be punished by imprisonment for more than one year."</p><p>The bill was introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) last week.</p><p>Schuitmaker’s office says the bill would make DNA collection the same as fingerprint collection. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:37:26 +0000 Mark Brush 11077 at http://michiganradio.org DNA tests upon arrest for certain crimes, Michigan Senate to take up bill Michigan police ranks down 16% in the past decade http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-police-ranks-down-16-past-decade <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan has 16 percent fewer police officers on the street now than it did a decade ago, and communities around the state are trying to find more efficient ways to keep people safe.<br><br>The Detroit Free Press reports that state and local police agencies have an estimated 18,849 officers today, compared with 22,488 in 2001.<br> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:35:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10564 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan police ranks down 16% in the past decade When cities are strapped, police cuts follow http://michiganradio.org/post/when-cities-are-strapped-police-cuts-follow <p>The impact of economic problems are often likened to waves. And the waves of Michigan's economic crisis are still rolling up onto the shores in cities around the state.</p><p>The Detroit News looked at the numbers of police cuts and how communities react to these cuts.</p><p>The data from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards show that since 2003, the state has lost more than 2,000 police positions in total.</p><p>Communities react to the cuts by completely disbanding their departments, as Pontiac did, or by trying to raise more revenue.</p><p>But as the events in the struggling city of Benton Harbor show, residents are not always willing to tax themselves more to keep their police departments intact.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121217/METRO/212170340/Michigan-struggles-police-cutbacks?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a>: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:39:36 +0000 Mark Brush 10397 at http://michiganradio.org When cities are strapped, police cuts follow In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-129 <p><strong>Snyder says Connecticut shooting will play role in Michigan gun legislation</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder must decide whether to approve or veto legislation that would allow concealed pistols in churches, day care centers, and public schools. The governor says the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will play a role in his thinking. The legislation would allow enhanced concealed pistol privileges for licenseholders who get additional training and range practice," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Police force down in Michigan </strong></p><p>The number of police officers in Michigan is down 16 percent since 2001. As the Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121217/METRO/212170340/Michigan-struggles-police-cutbacks?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"Michigan has lost roughly 1 in 5 law enforcement officers since 2001, as a lingering recession led cash-strapped cities and townships to lay off police, trim services and, in some cases, turn over patrols to county sheriffs. The state's law enforcement ranks dropped to 18,834 as of Oct. 31 from 22,488 in 2001, says the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards."</p></blockquote><p><strong>No plan for Detroit's cash crunch</strong></p><p>"Lansing is fast-tracking a review of Detroit’s finances, but there’s still no clear short-term plan to address the city's cash crunch. The review process is taking place under a weaker state law than one Governor Snyder is likely to sign soon. That means there are fewer options for dealing with the city’s immediate fiscal crisis. A preliminary state report issued last week found that Detroit 'continues to experience significant cash flow problems.' But the report also notes that 'city projections change from month to month,' and it’s not clear when Detroit would actually run short of cash," Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:06:45 +0000 Emily Fox 10394 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Bay City's police and fire departments will merge http://michiganradio.org/post/bay-citys-police-and-fire-departments-will-merge <p>In Bay City, police officers are being trained to fight fires.</p><p>That’s after the city’s commission voted to merge the police and fire departments into one Public Safety Department on Monday.</p><p>The move means police officers will fight fires in addition to their normal duties.</p><p>Fourteen of the city’s 44 full-time firefighters will be laid off.&nbsp; Tue, 04 Dec 2012 19:52:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10205 at http://michiganradio.org Bay City's police and fire departments will merge Flint voters approve big property tax increase http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-voters-approve-big-property-tax-increase <p>Flint voters have approved a property tax hike to pay for public safety.</p><p></p><p>The six mill increase will add about $79 to the annual property tax bill for the average Flint home owner.</p><p></p><p>Flint mayor Dayne Walling says the vote shows the “absolute support” city residents have for the city’s police officers and firefighters.</p><p></p><p>“They want those services. They want to support those departments,” says Walling, “And now we’re going to deliver on that commitment.”</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 05:40:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 9803 at http://michiganradio.org Flint voters approve big property tax increase Election: Flint voters to decide big property tax increase http://michiganradio.org/post/election-flint-voters-decide-big-property-tax-increase <p>Flint voters face a tough choice on Election Day.</p><p>Agree to a big property tax increase…or face even more cuts to the city’s overburdened police and fire departments.</p><p>On November Sixth, Flint voters will decide if they are willing to pay an additional 6 mills on their property taxes or about 79 dollars extra a year for the average home owner.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Supporters say about five million dollars would be raised for police and fire protection.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9569 at http://michiganradio.org Election: Flint voters to decide big property tax increase Saginaw police officers disciplined in wake of homeless man shooting, mother still looks for answers http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-police-officers-disciplined-wake-homeless-man-shooting-mother-still-looks-answers <p>Earlier this month it was announced the Saginaw police officers who shot and killed a homeless, mentally ill man <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2012-09-12/justice/justice_michigan-police-shooting-saginaw_1_police-officers-police-won-t-face-stun-guns">would not face criminal charges</a>. 49-year-old Milton Hall was killed by Saginaw Police July 1, after police say he refused to drop a knife. Six officers fired several dozen shots at Hall.</p><p>Now we hear that some officers will be disciplined internally by the Saginaw Police Department.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:56:21 +0000 Mark Brush 9188 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw police officers disciplined in wake of homeless man shooting, mother still looks for answers Stateside: Michigan nonprofit, MI-C.O.P.S. supports families of fallen officers http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-michigan-nonprofit-mi-cops-supports-families-fallen-officers <p>West Bloomfield Township this week lost a police officer in the line of duty—a tragic "first" for the community.</p><p>39-year-old Officer Patrick O'Rourke was responding to a "shots fired" call at a home in West Bloomfield. His partner says they thought they were coming to help a family in distress with a possible suicide. Instead, a blast of bullets through a bedroom door killed Officer O'Rourke.</p><p>He leaves behind his wife Amy and four small children. His funeral will be held tomorrow morning.</p><p>Diane Philpot knows the agony of losing a first responder in the line of duty.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:52:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 9075 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Michigan nonprofit, MI-C.O.P.S. supports families of fallen officers