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Police stops of Black people often filled with fear, anxiety

Video shows Patrick Lyoya disobeyed an Officer during an April 4 traffic stop, tried to run, then wrestled with the Officer over his Taser before the Officer fatally shot him in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For a number of Black men and women, resisting arrest during Encounters with police for minor traffic stops have been deadly. Experts say anxiety levels of the people stopped and even the officers involved can be high, adding to the tension. Jason Johnson is president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. He says Black men who Encounter police often assume they will be victims of brutality.


Officer’s camera Misses key moment of Patrick Lyoya’s death

Body camera footage of Patrick Lyoya’s Fatal Encounter with a Michigan police Officer shows a close-up view of an intense struggle – but the video goes dark 42 seconds before the Officer shoots the Black man in the head. It’s the latest in a handful of high-profile cases in which body cameras have somehow failed, leaving prosecutors and the public to rely on bystander video for a clearer picture of what happened. One expert says that if it was an accident, it’s likely that vendors who have been responsive to the technology’s limitations will make changes to avoid such deactivations in the future. Attorneys for Lyoya’s family are Thankful his passenger, as well as doorbell video from a nearby home, recorded what happened.


Ex-Michigan music Professor gets Prison on child sex charges

DETROIT (AP) – A former University of Michigan violin Professor has been Sentenced to five years in Prison after pleading guilty to transporting a girl across states lines for sex. A federal judge who Sentenced 69-year-old Stephen Shipps on Thursday also ordered the Ann Arbor man to pay $ 120,000 in restitution. Shipps offered an Apology and his lawyer had asked for no Prison time. The charges allege that Shipps, who retired in 2019 from the University of Michigan, took a girl across state lines several times in 2002. His indictment in 2020 came two years after the university placed the longtime Professor on paid leave after former students Accused him of sexual misconduct while he taught them in the 1970s and 1980s in Nebraska and North Carolina.


Michigan agency: Bird flu found in backyard flock

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Avian influenza has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Livingston County, the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says. That brigs to four the number of southeastern Michigan counties where the virus has been detected. The department said Friday that the premise where the bird flu was found is under Quarantine and the Birds have been destroyed to prevent further spread of the disease. The flock contained about 20 Birds of multiple species. The department says the finding underscores the “ongoing high risk for the disease in Michigan.” It’s urging poultry owners to implement every strategy necessary to protect their flocks.


Modest-income buyers being priced out of the new-vehicle market

DETROIT (AP) – Two years after the Pandemic Tore through the economy, America’s auto market looks something like this: Prices are drastically up. Supply is drastically down. And gasoline costs drastically more. The result? A widening disparity between the richest buyers and everyone else. The most affluent buyers keep plunking down big money for new vehicles, including the least fuel-efficient among them – trucks, SUVs, large sedans. As for the rest of America, millions are feeling increasingly priced out of the new-vehicle market. They are competing instead for a shrunken supply of used cars, especially smaller, less expensive ones that consume less fuel.


Biden Picks Michael Barr for Fed’s bank regulation post

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden says he plans to nominate Michael Barr to be the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman of supervision. Barr’s selection comes after Biden’s first choice for the Fed post, Sarah Bloom Raskin, withdrew her Nomination a month ago in the face of opposition from Republicans and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for her views on climate change. Biden notes the importance of politics in a Friday statement saying his nominee had previously cleared the Senate on a bipartisan basis. Barr is the Dean of the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Barr was an Assistant Treasury secretary for financial institutions during the Obama administration.


Playwright Noah Haidle blows out his ‘Birthday Candles’

NEW YORK (AP) – Playwright Noah Haidle’s Broadway debut is all about time and yet none was on his side as the Pandemic closed in. Rehearsals for his play “Birthday Candles” were in their second week in March 2020 when his career achievement was snatched away. People are finally seeing “Birthday Candles” and cheering its cosmic look at time, ritual and memory, a play that connects baking a cake to “atoms left over from creation.” The play visits and revisits one woman and her loved ones on her various birthdays as she ages from a rebellious 17-year-old to a 107-year-old great-grandmother. It stars Emmy Award-Winner Debra Messing.


Family seeks charges, officer’s ID in Patrick Lyoya’s death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Peter Lyoya brought his family from Congo to the US in 2014 to escape violence. Now he fears they came here to die. A Michigan police officer fatally shot his eldest son, 26-year-old Patrick, in the head this month following a traffic stop in Grand Rapids. Video shows a brief foot Chase and struggle over the officer’s Taser before the white Officer shoots Patrick Lyoya as the Black man is face down on the ground. Peter Lyoya talked to The Associated Press in his Lansing apartment on Thursday, a day after police released videos of the traffic stop. Peter brought his six children to the US to get away from prolonged civil unrest.


EXPLAINER: State of mind is the key in Patrick Lyoya’s shooting

DETROIT (AP) – The Fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya in Michigan raises questions about why a traffic stop turned into a foot Chase and vigorous tussle before the motorist was killed by a police officer. The 26-year-old Black man was shot in the head in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 4. The city’s new police chief took the unusual step of quickly releasing videos of the violent confrontation. State police are handling the investigation. Police and prosecutors will be examining why the Officer chased Lyoya when the man ran off. They’ll also be considering his state of mind when they shot Lyoya during a struggle over the officer’s Taser.


Michigan lawmaker pleads guilty to DWI, aims for sobriety

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan lawmaker who was arrested in February for driving a drunk pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated this week. She is hoping to be admitted into a sobriety program. Thirty-year-old Rep. Mary Cavanagh was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 25 after driving with two flat tires and veering between Lanes, according to a Livonia police report. By the time the police took her to jail, the Redford Democrat’s blood alcohol content tested at 0.2%, more than double the legal limit of 0.08%. It was Cavanagh’s second time being arrested by Livonia police for drunken driving. The first time was in 2015.


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