Kalamazoo Public Safety

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ACLU Staff Attorney Mark Fancher says the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department demonstrated courage, professionalism and integrity when it released a study on racial profiling in 2013. 


KALAMAZOO, MI -- The city of Kalamazoo is exploring grant opportunities to implement a national violence-reduction initiative, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley told the Kalamazoo City Commission Monday. Group Violence Intervention, formerly called Operation Ceasefire, is the brainchild of criminologist David Kennedy.

The new board has 12 members who will deal with complaints about the city's Public Safety Department.

Last year, Jacob Grassley was fatally shot by a Kalamazoo policeman while entering a Best Western hotel. Police reports say Grassley had been in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend earlier that day. Officers brought Grassley’s girlfriend to the hotel for her safety.

The forum will promote public dialogue about the relationship between Kalamazoo's Public Safety Department and the city's minority neighborhoods. This is a follow up to our radio series by Chris Killian.

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