law enforcement


Michigan would give police less freedom to seize and sell property under bills making their way through the state Legislature. 

In the final seconds of his life on May 10, Koddy Campbell was holding a loaded handgun above his head; when he made a sudden movement it was his last. Campbell, 19, of Battle Creek, was told by four Battle Creek Police Department officers 24 times in 14 seconds to drop the gun. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

PORTAGE, MI — The man shot and killed by Kalamazoo-area police Thursday was wanted on a warrant and was considered "possibly violent and armed," Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz said. The man was seen holding a "high-capacity, military-type weapon" while he was the passenger in a vehicle being chased by police, Hinz said. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

The city of Battle Creek has identified Charles Pelfrey and Carl VanDyke as the patrol officers involved in a shooting Sunday morning. Under the Battle Creek Police Department's standard procedure, both are on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – Fewer sheriff's deputies could be patrolling Kalamazoo County roads if Oshtemo Township follows a consultant's advice to form its own police force. At a time when state revenue sharing cuts and rising costs have lowered the county's road patrol force of 42 deputies to roughly the same as 1968 levels, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says he is eager to reach a new contract agreement with Oshtemo to ensure the seven officers currently assigned to that township aren't lost. (Kalamazoo Gazette)