Michigan State Police

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is pressing the Michigan State Police about whether racial profiling is a factor in traffic stops. The ACLU says the request comes after complaints from drivers regarding possible profiling of black and Latino motorists along Interstate 94. Those stops involve the agency's Fifth District Hometown Security Team. 

Amid national discussions about the nuclear capabilities of the U.S. and other countries, Michigan police say they have a detailed nuclear attack response plan. The Lansing State Journal reports that Michigan's response to a nuclear attack is detailed in its lengthy Emergency Management Plan. 

A judge has refused to lower a $1 million bond for a former Michigan state trooper charged with murder, calling the request "offensive."

Mark Bessner and his lawyer appeared in court Thursday, a week before a judge determines if there's enough evidence to send him to trial.

Bessner has been in jail since he was charged two weeks ago with second-degree murder.

Bessner is charged in the death of a 15-year-old Detroit boy, who was struck with a Taser.

A former Michigan State Police trooper has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after being shot with the officer's stun gun.

The Wayne County prosecutor planned to hold a news conference Wednesday. Court records show that besides second-degree murder, Mark Bessner is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Fifteen-year-old Damon Grimes died from multiple injuries in the Aug. 26 crash. Bessner resigned as a state trooper shortly after the death.

Michigan police to test for drug-impaired drivers

Nov 28, 2017

Michigan State Police officers are conducting roadside saliva tests on suspected drug-impaired motorists as part of a program spurring questions about the tests' accuracy. State Police Special First Lt. Jim Flegel says that the program uses a portable saliva-testing device that can tell officers if a driver has certain drugs in his system, such as marijuana or opiates.

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Starting next week, some police officers in five counties will be asking drivers to allow a swab of their mouth to determine if they've been using drugs.

Michigan State Police say it's part of an effort to cut down on "drugged driving."

The one-year program starts Wednesday in Berrien, Delta, Kent, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue says drivers "under the influence of drugs pose a risk to themselves and others on the road."

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law an income tax break for an estimated 800 retired Detroit police and firefighters who have been paying higher taxes under a law he backed that eliminated or reduced exemptions from the taxation of retirement income. 

The new law enacted Thursday also will benefit hundreds of retirees from the Michigan State Police.

The measure allows the retirees who were not part of Social Security in their government employment to deduct more of their pension income from being taxed if they were born after 1952 and were retired as of Jan. 1, 2013.

The director of the Michigan State Police has commented on NFL players protesting during the national anthem by posting a message calling them "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."

Flags will be lowered Tuesday for a Michigan State Police trooper who died after crashing his motorcycle. Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of 28-year-old Trooper Timothy O'Neill, who died last Wednesday. State police say the three-year veteran was on patrol when the crash occurred near Rockford. 

Man enters plea in attack on Michigan state trooper

Sep 14, 2017

An Indiana man accused in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper has reached a plea agreement in the case. Nineteen-year-old Travis Wise, of Middlebury pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of assault with intent to commit murder. He's expected to get a minimum prison sentence of 15 years on Oct. 16 in exchange for other charges being dismissed. 

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