Black Lives Matter Kalamazoo

The people of Kalamazoo, Mi had their first up close introduction to the Black Lives Matter movement as an enormous rally, march, and shut down of the central shopping district took place Friday evening. Powerful words were spoken by organizers and community members at the rally about not only the recent death of James Dunigan (in KDPS custody), but also of persinal experiences and  the blatant racial profiling practices conducted by the police department. Black Lives Matter Kalamazoo also unveiled their list of demands which include:

Demand #1: We demand that disciplinary action be taken against KDPS officers Derek Nugent and Eric Shaffer due to their negligence and abandonment that resulted in the death of James Dunigan.

Demand #2: We demand that KDPS eliminate the Broken Windows approach to policing and enforcement that has led to continued racial profiling, discriminatory enforcement and disproportionate policing of the North, East, and South sides of Kalamazoo. ( to learn what the origins of Broken Window Theory and its implications http://www.pbs.org/…/the-problem-with-broken-windows-polic…/)

Demand #3:
We demand that
Chief: Jeffrey Hadley
Deputy Chief: Karianne Thomas
Deputy Chief: Donald Webster
Assistant Chief: Ryan Tibbets
agree to attend a community led forum addressing racial profiling, discriminatory enforcement and police brutality, where they will listen to the experiences, constructive criticism and advice of community members of color surrounding these issues. Within two weeks of the forum, they will need to meet again with community members to submit their report on the immediate action they will be committing to eradicate racial profiling,

Demand #4:
We demand that
Commissioner Shannon Sykes
Commissioner Erin Knott
Commissioner Jack C. Urban
Commissioner Matt Milcarek
Commissioner David Anderson
Mayor Bobby Hopewell
Vice Mayor Don Cooney
agree to attend a community led forum addressing racial inequity and discrimination within the city. During this forum they will listen to the experiences, constructive criticism and advice of community members of color surrounding these issues. Additionally, we ask that they work with our team to address the concerns voiced during the forum and develop a plan of action.

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photo cred- Bryan Bennett

 

 

 

 

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