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During her 3rd State of the City Address last week Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss turned her attention to public safety. In the aftermath of what she called “critical incidents involving youth” and the profiling minority motorists, the mayor is seeking solutions for improving relations between the Grand Rapids Police Department and the diverse communities it serves.

"We must be a community of trust, safety, fairness, respect and security for all.”

A reserve deputy plans to run across Michigan to honor the state's fallen officers. Kent County Sheriff's Department Traffic Squad Reserve Deputy Matt Garbarino will run from the fallen officer memorial in Pontiac to a memorial at the Ottawa County Sheriff Office.

Grand Rapids police are asking for help from the public in their investigation into the deaths of a 2-year-old and his grandmother. Autopsies determined 46-year-old Germaine Brown and her grandson King Talbert died of gunshot wounds.

  

Authorities say a police officer in suburban Detroit has fatally shot a hatchet-wielding man who had threatened a shooting. Steve Cooper, director of Oak Park's public safety department, says the man called police Monday evening and told them he had a gun and a hatchet. Cooper says the man said he would "shoot up the neighborhood" and confronted officers who responded to a home.

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Michigan law will no longer shield police from prosecution for prostitution-related offenses committed while on duty.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation this week to remove the immunity, effective in 90 days. Michigan was believed to be the last state in the country to give police immunity for having sex with prostitutes during undercover investigations.

A sponsor of the legislation has said she does not believe officers are taking advantage of the law, but it should still come off the books.

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Authorities say a man was shot and wounded by a police officer responding to a report of a domestic dispute in western Michigan. Police in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming say that officers went early Tuesday to Ramblewood Apartments following a report of someone trying to get into a unit but didn't finding anything. Officers returned about an hour later because of a reported argument inside an apartment.

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Authorities say two people are dead following a five-vehicle crash involving four trucks and a car along Interstate 65 in northern Indiana. Police say a truck driven by a Michigan man was stopped for a crash Tuesday near Lafayette in Tippecanoe County and a truck pulling a flatbed driven by a man from Sherman, Illinois, was stopped behind him along with a car.

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Michigan's Legislature is beginning hearings on legislation that would force local governments to boost funding for employee retirement plans or face the possibility of a state intervention.

The bills are being debated Tuesday in House and Senate committees controlled by Republicans. Legislative leaders hope to enact the measures this month to shore up underfunded municipal systems, but opposition is building from police and firefighters worried about cuts to benefits.

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Michigan's second-largest city so far has 14 homicides this year, the most since 18 were committed in 2013. Grand Rapids police Lt. Kristen Rogers tsays that it doesn't mean the city is less safe. She says, "You have to look at the individual cases." 

A tow truck driver, Gerald Love, was fatally shot Monday night. His family says he was responding to a call about keys locked in a car. His funeral is scheduled for next Saturday. Seven of the 14 homicides this year are unsolved.

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A western Michigan city has adopted a new policy that says city officials and staff won't ask residents about their immigration status.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the Grand Rapids City Commission adopted the policy Tuesday.

The ordinance was drafted over the last year by the Community Relations Commission, the city's diversity and inclusion manager, local police and the city's lawyers.

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