Since the city of Grand Rapids released a study that revealed racial disparities in traffic stops, organizations that represent large minority groups are calling upon the community to act.
“In my experience, the people who are experiencing the most negative impacts of behavior are the best ones to be able to articulate what needs to be done to address them,” said Jeremy DeRoo, Executive Director of LINC.
Many agree the report’s findings are not surprising, but to have statistical proof calculated by an independent third party brings the conversation back to the foreground.
“The practices of the police department aren't serving the police department or the community well,” DeRoo said.
Grand Rapids Police Department has scheduled five community meetings throughout the week to further the conversation with the public and the police chief has listed open office hours for Friday.
WZZM 13 reached out to the police union for comment on the study, a spokesman said they are reviewing the study and are waiting to hear more from the public before responding.
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