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EAST LANSING, Mich. — At the request of the East Lansing City Council, the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) has gathered race data on officer-initiated contacts.Officer-initiated contacts include any interaction or enforcement taken by an officer at their discretion, including traffic stops. It does not include calls taken through the 911 dispatch system. The most recent data shows that African American individuals account for approximately 20 percent of these contacts, while making up approximately 8 percent of the population. “No matter how impartial we think we are, the data shows that we over-stop African Americans, which is not acceptable,” said East Lansing Mayor Ruth Beier.At its next discussion-only meeting, which is currently unscheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Council will discuss additional steps to promote fair and impartial policing. These steps will include, but not be limited to establishing an independent Police Oversight Commission and analyzing race data with respect to use of force. In addition, ELPD Interim Police Chief Steve Gonzalez will institute the following changes:
“We are committed to making these changes and any other changes needed to make sure that everyone feels safe and welcome in the City of East Lansing,” said Mayor Beier.ELPD began tracking race data on officer-initiated contacts in February 2020. The tables below show the statistics gathered for February and March 2020.
Percentage of Total
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