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Grand Rapids police chief and other law enforcement officers take a knee with protesters

Zac A. Clark
Clark Camera

After days of protest, there are signs of progress in many parts of Michigan today.

Kent County law enforcement leaders, including Grand Rapids police chief Eric Payne, joined protesters in Grand Rapids Wednesday afternoon, kneeling and chanting “I can’t breathe.”

Those were the last words of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died as a white officer held a knee on his neck.

Floyd’s death ignited a national movement protesting police brutality.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday her support for a series of policing reform policies including enhanced training.

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Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Public since May 2007.
Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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