A recent survey shows that minorities are more likely to be stopped and questioned in Grand Rapids. The community and city are working to change that statistic.
While that happens, a discussion is taking place teaching people how to react during an encounter with police.
Blue's Gym hosted the discussion which included community activist Robert S. on Tuesday, April 18. They told those in attendance that cooperating with the officers and going back to what they were doing does not take a lot of time.
Gym owner Dino Newville says, "So many of the young kids now, when they are stopped they feel like they are being targeted, or being harassed. I tell them, 'hey give it (identification) to them, you are on your way in five minutes, it's a done deal,' if not, you are probably going to say something wrong and things are going to escalate."
The gym recruits athletes of all races and genders for their programs. Leaders tell young people to fully cooperate with police officers, and then carry on with their business.
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