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Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss released a statement outlining a plan to review police procedures after body cameras recorded officers detaining five black boys at gunpoint before releasing them without charges. Bliss' office said in the statement that the review will include how officers respond to "incidents involving youth."

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Police have arrested three demonstrators after a Grand Rapids protest against federal immigration policy blocked traffic.

MLive reports about 40 people participated in the protest Thursday that at one point blocked traffic near the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids.

Police say that after issuing several warnings, they arrested two men aged 64 and 40 and a 49-year-old woman for impeding traffic and resisting and obstructing.

They say the remaining protesters continued to a nearby plaza without further incident.

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Results from a recent study found that Grand Rapids Police are twice as likely to pull over African-American motorists than they are non-black motorists. 

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The results of a 2017 race-based traffic stops study will be presented to the public and the Grand Rapids Police Department in upcoming town hall meetings.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Lamberth Consulting Inc., an independent group, will share its methods and findings from the $157,000 study next week during four community meetings.

The study assesses if there's a disparity against minorities in traffic stops by determining if Grand Rapids officers unreasonably stop more minorities than others.

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Angered over an incident in which five African American youths were detained by police at gunpoint before being released without charges, a large group demanded a personal apology from the police officers involved at the latest City Commissioners meeting. 

Grand Rapids police are looking for clues after a body pulled from the Grand River was identified as a missing person. Before being discovered in the water Friday, Jamel Marcus Parker, 31 last was seen running from the 1500 block of Broadway Avenue around three in the morning on Sunday, February 12. It is not known if persons were chasing Parker at the time or if he was in imminent danger. 

Police filed a report the following Monday regarding a shoe located by the Grand River near Ann St., however, it is not confirmed if the shoe belonged to Parker.

Taxi cab driver runs over, kills man after botched robbery

Mar 23, 2017

Police say a taxi driver fatally struck a man with his cab in western Michigan after the man threatened him with a hammer and tried to rob him. Officers responded about 2 a.m. Thursday after the man was hit by the cab in Grand Rapids. 

Preliminary reports from police indicate the driver was dropping off the man at an intersection when the passenger got out of the taxi and threatened him. Police say the man was struck and killed as the taxi driver tried to flee. Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death.

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A 60-year-old Grand Rapids man is dead after being stabbed early Friday morning on Grand Rapids southwest side. Authorities were dispatched at around 2am after a 41-year-old man called 911 and admitted to the stabbing. When police arrived they encountered the murder suspect near Hayden Street holding a knife in his hand, however police took him into custody without incident.

Grand Rapids police investigate shooting

Mar 8, 2017
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The Grand Rapids Police Department is searching for a suspect who shot a man three times in the chest early Wednesday morning. Authorities were called to an area hospital just after midnight after a mini-van had dropped the victim off at the emergency room. Police spotted two males and a female walking away from the mini-van and were taken into custody for questioning. So far, no arrests have been made. 

The 24-year-old victim is being treated in intensive care and is listed in critical condition. The scene of the shooting is yet to be known. 

An FBI agent who was arrested in western Michigan for shooting at a police officer outside a fitness club could avoid jail under a plea agreement. Thirty-five-year-old Ruben Hernandez pleaded no contest Friday to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. Under the plea deal, prosecutors will recommend that Hernandez avoid jail.