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Lansing Residents United hosts discussion on police behavior

Posted at 7:12 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 19:12:38-04

LANSING, Mich. — A community conversation took place Wednesday night focusing the use of force by police officers and ways to de-escalate striking upon contact.

Lansing Residents United is the group that hosted the event and they say the striking technique needs to be discontinued.

The conversation came about after the Lansing Police Department finished its internal investigation of two officers who hit a 16-year-old girl during an arrest.

The video showed the girl running from the officers, spitting on them and threatening them, followed by an officer repeatedly hitting the girl in the thigh.

That incident led to calls for new policies covering the use of force.

Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green said he's focused on reviewing training methods to implement the best practices and procedures.

"I really believe that we have to look into a youth interaction policy to give some better guidelines for our officers on how we engage our youth. I am looking into that. We are doing an internal review uh we're looking at our training processes uh we're also looking at our policies and procedures," Green said.

The conversation began at 6:30 p.m. at the Capital Area District Library in downtown Lansing. The event is open to the public and ends at 8:30 p.m.

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