Billed as Community-Police relations “listening tour,” the meeting was a highly managed forum

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Last night, I attended one of the 5 community-police relations meetings that are being held throughout the city. The one this writer attended was held on the westside of Grand Rapids, at Stocking School.

Billed as a “listening tour,” the format of the forum was to hear a report back from a city staffer on the progress of 6 of the 12-point plan the city has been working on for the past 2 years, then break into smaller groups and have participants provide feedback on the so-called progress. 

There was a handout provided on the progress made on 6 of the 12-point plan. However, a city staffer read through that handout, with some elaboration, which seemed unnecessary and those from the community could not ask questions or make comments during the large group meeting.

We were divided into three groups, each with a moderator, to cover just to 6 themes…

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