Illegal Arrests

Court Says Grand Rapids Responsible for Policy That Allows Police to Illegally Arrest Innocent People

Court Says Grand Rapids Responsible for Policy That Allows Police to Illegally Arrest Innocent People

2018-10-17 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan applauds the decision of U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney that holds the City of Grand Rapids responsible for permitting police officers to arrest innocent people for trespassing at local businesses during operating hours—even when business owners didn’t ask them to leave.

The court’s decision about the policy—which resulted in African Americans being stopped at more than twice the rate as whites under the initiative—comes after years of litigation brought by the ACLU.

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