Proposed Ordinance Could Make It A Crime To Call Police On Black People

Grand Rapids city leaders are considering a proposed ordinance aimed at cracking down on "biased crime reporting."

Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids city leaders are considering a proposed human rights ordinance that would make it a criminal offense for citizens to call police on people of color if it is determined they haven’t broken any laws.

The commission held a public hearing on the ordinance on April 23, to discuss “making it a criminal misdemeanor to racially profile people of color for participating in their lives,” according to a city press release.

The proposed human rights ordinance defined a plethora of protected classes that have allegedly been the subjects of “biased crime reporting.”

Under the proposed ordinance, citizens would be prohibited from “knowingly or recklessly” reporting crimes or potential crimes “if such report is based…on the individuals’ membership in a protected class and not on a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity in consideration of all available facts and the totality of the circumstances.”

Anyone determined to have violated the ordinance would face a potential $500 fine, according to WOOD.

Proponents of the ordinance claim that law enforcement officers have needlessly been dispatched to multiple scenes unnecessarily due to discrimination or implicit bias on the part of citizens reporting alleged crimes, MLive reported.

“Often times, the Grand Rapids Police Department ends up being caught in the middle of what is a bigger community problem,” LINC Up advocacy group director Jeremy DeRoo said.

“They look bad because they approach individuals who are people of color, and it appears the police department is biased when really they’re responding to phone calls made by the community and it appears that a number of those are motivated by people in a discriminatory way,” he explained.

Resident Lisa Wood told the commission that she is in favor of the ordinance because she is concerned about the welfare of her biracial grandchildren, WOOD reported.

“I am appalled that I live in a city that has to have an ordinance that tells people not to call the police on people because of the color of their skin,” Wood said. “I refuse to let them grow up in that kind of world.”

Grand Rapids Diversity and Inclusion Manager Patti Caudill said that the ordinance is not intended to discourage people from placing 911 calls, according to MLive.

“Call the police, but if you’re calling because your neighbors are having a barbecue and you’re calling because of some implicit bias because they’re people of color, we don’t want to see that,” Caudill said.

“If you’re in a park or see someone coming through the neighborhood who doesn’t look like you, check your bias before you call the police,” she added, according to The Washington Post.

Critics noted that the proposed ordinance would be difficult to enforce because the intent of the person calling police is not always known.

“How will investigators of the alleged bias determine what is truly a sinister and criminal motive from a simple misunderstanding?” one citizen asked the commission, according to The Washington Post.

Others expressed concerns that people would likely hesitate to report crimes to police out of fear of making a mistake and being criminally charged.

Law enforcement agencies generally encourage people to report suspicious behavior, even if they don't know a crime is being committed.

Citizens also noted that filing a false police report is already an illegal act, and argued that the new ordinance is redundant.

“It is good that we as a community value leaving people alone and letting them live their lives without fear of discrimination, but we already have laws saying it's illegal to discriminate based on their protected class, and to create additional redundant legislation does nothing,” one resident said, according to WOOD.

The city commission is scheduled to vote on the ordinance sometime after May 14.

Comments (41)
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Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Don't call 911. If it is apparent there's a crime being committed by whatever color the person is, go to Smith and Wesson for help!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Misleading headline.

"Proposed Ordinance Could Make It a Crime to Call Police Based on Race"

Grand Rapids is 16% Latino and just a quick search shows they're sick of white folk harassing them as well.

Tekhore
Tekhore

Crime...the new black entitlement.

LEO0301
LEO0301

If you see something, say something....that is unless they're black and wearing a hoodie while carrying an AR15 spraying bullets into homes as they walk down the streets. How dare you racially profile!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Does this pertain to White People being accused as well, or is this City Counsel RACIST???

trainbuff
trainbuff

Never mind, it seems my opinion only ticks off Blue Lives Matter so they change my moniker to something stupid like trainbuff without my knowledge or permission so I'm profiled too!

Gramercy
Gramercy

I would call on ANYONE, Black, White, Red, whatever....let the police come and determine the value of the law...after all, is not that what they do? This commission might want to think about disbanding and getting some citizens for all involved!

Grog
Grog

===[Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids city leaders are considering a proposed human rights ordinance that would make it a criminal offense for citizens to call police on people of color if it is determined they haven’t broken any laws.]=== So people will have to become the judge and jury and determine if a law was broken, BEFORE they call the police. Liberalism..............

Budman
Budman

What the fuck?

Skidoo
Skidoo

This law will have the effect of increasing unreported crime. If there are individuals from a so-called protected group (black, latino or Martian) assaulting someone from within their own group, you can expect fewer calls to the police. And what if a black person reports a crime or suspicious activity on another black person or group and there was no crime? Will the caller be charged as a racist? This law cannot stand up to legal scrutiny.

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

That's the most idiotic thing I ever heard of, if they break in my house their worries are over on the earth , I don't care what color they are . We all bleed red there's good and bad in all, my guns not prejudiced.

bluknight
bluknight

The PD should also not respond to the politicians home if called, as they have already proven themselves to be racially motivated and biased. The time wasted trying to determine why someone called, people die! The new slogan, "IF you see something call" is not worth the words out of the politicians' ​mouths, is it? Most of these calls from areas with a lot of calls involving minorities are usually minority neighborhoods, which means, it is minorities who are reporting the suspicious persons most of the time. If black or Hispanic citizens call the police to report a person of color as suspicious or currently engaging in crime, a racist? I can assure you that the best person to evaluate a bad guy in the neighborhood, are the persons who live there, regardless of color. The little white folks on the council do not live there, or go there, and make all of these racist biased views from afar, whilst drinking a few at the golf club. The same club that bans the black athlete and cops are not welcome either. Raise your hands if you have ever seen one of the white politicians walking the neighbor of color, greeting and shaking hands with or without an armed escort! I don't see any hands!!!

Rayb
Rayb

Too confusing.. is this truly a problem? I’m sure most responsible people call 911 because there’s a crime being committed.. regardless of their color..

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Scrw these city councils. They are lacking in any brain matter whatsoever. This is how liberals start to destroy cities.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Seriously ?? What Ignorant MF'ers

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Good law. They should also pass one that prevents police from responding when only non-criminal behavior is reported (for example, man with a gun in an open carry state).

sheepdog121
sheepdog121

Idiots

helicopter68
helicopter68

Only black people. what about Hispanics and whites

Louise S
Louise S

They mean if 'white' people only call police on thugs...racist Michigan BS...keep calling police...often

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

to the general readers on this site:

You have an element on this site ( Whoppersallthetime, LOW_EST IQ, ManBearPigsinablanket,Tfart) who state their own responses with an intentionally inflammatory anti LEO, anti white, pro black no matter the circumstances slant .Realize that they are intentionally antagonistic and pride themselves on "pushing buttons" . Trying to have a rational dialogue with an irrational person will go nowhere and you will do nothing to convince them otherwise. They have an agenda to somehow (in their minds) "stand up to whitey" and /or "stand up to LEO /law" and just to try to cause discord . Know up front the juvenile maturity level and low intellect you are dealing with before you waste your time further. Ignoring them will be the best reaction.

FtMcClellanMP
FtMcClellanMP

It only makes sense when you've ever been stopped because you "look suspicious," while your white classmate commits crimes with reckless abandonment. In fact, some people have formed interracial crews as they knew the black patrons would have the attention of police/security while the white patrons filled their pockets, bags, etc.

Bottom line: no law can solve issues of the heart and mind. People on all sides of the issue are what needs to change.