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Starting July 4th, Michigan law enforcement agencies will be required to use a national database to search for missing persons.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, is a national clearinghouse for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States. NamUs was launched in 2007 by the U.S. Justice Department. 

But some Michigan law enforcement agencies have been slow to use it.

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It will soon be up to a Genesee County judge to decide if a lawsuit challenging the Michigan State Police chase policy will go to trial.

In recent years, state police troopers assigned to patrol Flint were involved in several high-speed chases that ended in serious accidents where people were killed or severely injured.

In the coming weeks, a judge will decide if a lawsuit against the state police will go forward or be dismissed.

The Michigan Senate in Lansing.
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Police say more than a dozen protesters have been arrested after refusing to leave the rotunda of the Michigan Capitol.

Michigan State Police say in a statement about 125 people were on the floor off the Capitol rotunda Tuesday afternoon and were required to leave the building when it closed at 5 p.m. Police say 19 refused and were arrested for trespassing.

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Michigan State Police

Police in Michigan hope the number of unsolved missing persons will drop thanks to a new law  signed by Governor Rick Snyder recently.

The legislation requires all law enforcement agencies to put missing persons’ information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System – or NamUs.

Law enforcement say Michigan is ranked 3rd in the nation for most missing persons. Experts say requiring law enforcement to put case information into NamUs could help lower the state’s number of missing persons.

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The Michigan State Police says four cars were hit by "projectiles" along I-75 in metro Detroit Sunday afternoon, and they don't think it was an accident.

Drivers told police that something struck the rear windows of their cars while driving along a 10-mile stretch between Troy and Detroit. Police say some windows were shattered, but no one was injured.

Flying road debris has been a problem on some highways this winter, but police have ruled that out. They also don't believe the damage was caused by a gun, but say someone could have used a BB gun or a slingshot.

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Michigan State Police

Wayne County Prosector Kym Worthy has charged a former Michigan State Police trooper with 2nd degree murder. Last summer, Mark Bessner fired his Taser from a patrol car during a chase in Detroit. The Taser struck a teenager who was fleeing police on an all-terrain vehicle. The 15-year-old crashed the ATV and died. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss the case.


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Murder charges have been filed against a former Michigan State Police trooper who shot his taser at at 15-year-old boy as the teen was fleeing from police on an ATV.

 

The ATV crashed into a parked truck and killed Damon Grimes.

 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged former trooper Mark Bessner with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

 

That second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life.

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Michigan State Police

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged a former Michigan State Police trooper and three Detroit police officers with a slew of serious crimes, including second-degree murder.

Former MSP trooper Mark Bessner faces the murder charge. He’s also charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

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Michigan State Police

Julia Simonelli says when she walked into the Michigan State Police post in Cadillac and told them she needed addiction treatment, police spent hours trying to find the right rehab center for her.

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Michigan State Police

If you're planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving, be ready for some extra traffic.

According to AAA Michigan, more than 1.6 million of the state's residents will travel 50 miles or more for a turkey dinner.

AAA says that's a 3.5% increase from last year. It's also the most travelers since 2007.

Along with more traffic, drivers can also expect to see a bigger police presence throughout the state.

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Starting today, law enforcement in five counties are piloting a new roadside drug test that analyzes saliva swabs for marijuana, opioids, meth, and other drugs above a certain threshold.

“When you say ‘roadside drug testing pilot begins,’ everybody thinks that we're setting up checkpoints and putting swabs in everybody's mouth,” says First Lieutenant Michael Shaw, a spokesperson for the state police. “And that's not the case.”

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Michigan State Police

The director of the Michigan State Police will work five days without pay. That's the penalty Gov. Rick Snyder gave Col. Kriste Etue for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem "degenerates." Snyder also ordered all state departments to ensure their policies promote diversity and inclusiveness. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether the punishment will be enough for those who've called for Etue's resignation.

Detroit NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony led the call for "insitutional" change at MSP.
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The Detroit chapter of the NAACP and other civil rights advocates say the Michigan State Police has a race relations problem, and needs serious institutional change.

Some leaders, including Detroit NAACP leader Rev. Wendell Anthony, called again Tuesday for current MSP Chief Col. Kristy Etue to resign.

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Michigan State Police

Michigan's state police director this week jumped into the debate over the decision of some NFL players to take a knee during the National Anthem. Col. Kriste Etue now faces an internal review by her department after she shared a Facebook post that called those players "anti-American degenerates." This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether her career can recover.

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Michigan State Police

The director of the Michigan State Police has apologized for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem "degenerates."

The Michigan Black Legislative Caucus is demanding that Governor Snyder fire Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. The black lawmakers say they're "appalled" by the post.

But Governor Snyder says he will not ask Col. Etue to resign, citing her decades of public service.

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Michigan State Police

The director of the Michigan State Police has apologized for sharing a post on her Facebook page that called NFL players protesting during the national anthem "degenerates."

The message shared by Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue on her Facebook page Sunday calls the players "millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans." The post also calls the protesters "rich, entitled, ungrateful." The posting was signed, "We the People."

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The state of Michigan this week ordered Enbridge Energy to restore a protective coating on parts of its Line 5 pipes that run beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge reported to the state that small portions of enamel coating were accidentally removed in two places.

A state commission is facing pressure to shut down Line 5 completely. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether Enbridge's disclosure will turn up the heat.

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The Michigan State Police is “reassessing its pursuit policy” after a chase resulted in the death of a Detroit teen.

Fifteen-year-old Damon Grimes died after crashing his all-terrain vehicle on Detroit’s east side last Saturday.

Grimes was being chased by state troopers at the time. One trooper, while still in his patrol car, deployed a Taser on the teen prior to the crash.

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Police were forced to temporarily close a Detroit street last night as a crowd protested the death of a teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after a state trooper shocked him with a Taser.

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Michigan State Police

A Michigan State Police trooper has been suspended after he shot a 15-year-old all-terrain vehicle driver with a Taser, prior to the teen fatally crashing into the back of a pickup truck.

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The Michigan State Police Department is launching a new click-it-or-ticket campaign.

The effort that began Monday challenges motorists to help make Michigan the top state in the country for seat belt use. The nationwide seat belt mobilization period will end June 4.

The state is also challenging neighboring Ohio and Indiana to see which can improve its seat belt usage rate the most this year.

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth is apologizing for serious record keeping problems in the department’s evidence room.

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President Obama commuted DeMarlon Thomas’ prison sentence last year.

Last night, he was murdered in Saginaw.

DeMarlon Thomas was allegedly connected to Saginaw’s Sunny Side Gang.  

He was convicted of distributing cocaine in 2008 and sentenced to 19 years. His sentence was commuted in November. Thomas was scheduled to walk free in March. 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A class of new troopers is reporting for duty at the Michigan State Police.

There will be 41 new troopers at posts across the state next week. They graduated Thursday as part of the 131st trooper recruit school.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue congratulated the new officers and urged them to do their best. Etue told them, "Treat others the way you want to be treated."

Awards were given for academic achievement, marksmanship and outstanding performance. Trooper Thomas Gladney III was selected to speak on behalf of all the graduates.

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Most people would not voluntarily stand in a line-up, but one in two American adults is currently in a law enforcement face recognition system. That's according to a report released today by the Center for Privacy & Technology at Georgetown University's law school.

The report says the Michigan State Police can perform face recognition searches on all Michigan drivers license and state ID photos - not just mug shots. 

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Michigan State Police

State police will now be required to document the race of people they stop.

This change comes after the ACLU of Michigan recently expressed concern about possible racial profiling in an open letter to the Michigan State Police.

State officers have quotas for traffic stops and arrests, but they haven’t been required to document the race of who they stop in their daily electronic logs.

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Violent crime dropped in three Michigan cities known for their problems with violence.

Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw have long been ranked high on the FBI’s violent crime list.

But new stats released this week showed violent crime dropped by double-digits in all three cities. From 2014 to 2015, violent crime declined in Detroit (13%), Flint (14.3%) and Saginaw (18.1%).

All three cities have been part of a special Michigan State Police program targeting high-crime areas with stepped-up law enforcement and community engagement.

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Michigan State Police may be pulling over more low-income drivers and people of color, because of police quotas.

That’s a concern the ACLU of Michigan describes in a public letter to the MSP today.

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Michigan State Police

There’s “sufficient evidence” that “race was a motivating factor” when two black state police troopers were denied promotions, the Court of Appeals ruled this week.

The Court also unanimously upheld a jury’s decision to award the troopers a total of $5.2 million in lost wages, benefits and emotional damages.

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Janika Edmond was found lying in the prison shower with her bra wrapped around her neck.  

On November 2, 2015, the 25-year-old inmate at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility apparently tried to hang herself by attaching her bra to the shower head, but the bra broke and Edmond fell to the floor, landing on the back of her head.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she was eventually pronounced brain dead and, days later, taken off life support.

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