excessive force

The Michigan State Police Lansing post offers its first-ever citizen’s police academy to interested residents and members of the community.

The academy will be held at the MSP’s First District headquarters and begins in September.

Sessions will be held two evenings a week for four weeks.

The department says topics include discussions on patrol and dispatch, the legal system and criminal investigation procedures and the use of force.

Personal safety, first aid and drug awareness are also among session subjects.

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A man in his 60s is suing police in western Michigan after he says a police sergeant used a stun gun to subdue him after his house caught fire.

WZZM-TV and The Grand Rapids Press report the recent lawsuit from Robert W. Burt Jr. names the Grandville police department and the sergeant as defendants.

Burt says police used excessive force, violated his constitutional rights and essentially assaulted him.

Grandville City Manager Ken Krombeen says he couldn't comment on the pending litigation.

The attic of Burt's home caught fire about 9 p.m. on June 2, 2014.

Federal oversight of the Detroit Police Department that included its handling of arrests and lockups has officially ended after 13 years.

U.S. District Court Judge Avern Cohn on Thursday issued an order saying the department "has met its obligations" for improvements under an agreement with the Justice Department.

Assistant Police Chief James White tells the Detroit Free Press the city now has a "much more organized, constitutional police department."