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Group calling on LPD to remove striking policies

Posted at 6:15 AM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 06:22:14-04

LANSING, Mich. — A group of people who live in Lansing is calling on the police department to remove striking from their policies when coming in contact with young people.

Lansing Residents United held a community conversation Wednesday to talk about de-escalation tactics.

Fox 47's Cryss Walker was there.

The group is asking for restorative justice by calling on the Lansing Police Department to adopt de-escalation tactics when responding to the youth.

“The over policing of black bodies consistently,” Karrington Kelsey, a member of LRU said.

“Why is this always used? Why isn't it another form? Why don't we have de-escalation tactics where we talk to people in these situations?”

Listening, showing empathy and giving re-assurance to young people were some of the options mentioned as alternative responses to resistance.

“There are other police precincts around America right now actually removing striking from their policy,” Kelsey explained.

“One, it destroys relationships between the community and also police officers. Two, the idea of the innate fear that someone has to have control over me and my person and my body is traumatizing.”

LRU is recommending officers to calm chaos through crisis management training.

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