Black Student Alliance Kenny Franklin and City Council Members Dana Watson and Ron Bacon speak on their roles in the East Lansing community for the continued fight for racial justice and equity, and how they celebrate Juneteenth.
In a City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 15, Councilmembers further discussed the report by the Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs an executive order to ban on MDHHS-funded conversion practices in the state of Michigan.
The East Lansing Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission presented reports on EL policing and recommendations for the establishment of an Independent Oversight Commission in a city council meeting on Tuesday, June 8.
On May 22, Appling was accused of shooting and killing 66-year-old Clyde Edmonds, to whom Appling is related by marriage, after a verbal altercation turned physical. He was arrested May 24.
“Every one of the measures the Biden team has proposed makes sense,” MSU professor Wolfgang Bauer said. “It will also lay the foundation for decades to come where our economy is going to bloom and we’re going to be much more competitive internationally.”
Local activists, Black Lives Matter members and the organizers of the event spoke on the racial injustice faced by the Black community in the city of Lansing on one year death anniversary of George Floyd.
Due to the COVID-19 health regulations, the weekend will be put on virtually through a Facebook live stream. On Saturday, June 6, there will be a video shown with interviews from six individuals who have lost loved ones to gun violence.
City Manager George Lahanas presented a plan of realignment of the ELPD during a City Council meeting in July 2020. The document suggested changes in several areas, including staffing and adding alternative positions like social workers. The Tuesday meeting touched on the progress made in these areas, as well as the shortcomings in others.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness, there are 28,820 EMS providers, 812 support agencies and more than 3,867 licensed life support vehicles in Michigan alone, a press release said.
“I’m running because I feel like we deserve leadership that represents us and demands solutions to issues, like climate change is a big one for our generation, class inequality, racism, just countless other issues,” Diedrich said. “I feel like people deserve change that will boost their quality of life.”
Whitmer announced that starting June 1 all outdoor capacity limits will be lifted and only retain a 50% capacity limit on indoor establishments.
East Lansing City Council held a meeting on Tuesday, discussing the successful location of a missing person, as well as the parking and motorcycle issues in downtown East Lansing.
Valerie O'Brien has been charged with an OWI, operating while intoxicated and was arrested on Feb. 10. As a detective, O'Brien was involved in a 2014 Title IX investigation into now convicted ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.