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GRPD to stage mobile command center near Chicken Coop restaurant

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Grand Rapids Police Department announced on Monday that it will stage a mobile command center near the Chicken Coop restaurant on the Southeast side.

This comes a day after a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of the restaurant.

"People are getting stabbed. They are getting shot," said gas station owner Vik Singh. "They are getting killed out here."

Vik Singh has owned the BP gas station across from the Chicken Coop for more than a decade. He said that the violence happening across the street has been spilling over onto his property for years.

"A bullet hole right here on top of our cash register," said Singh. '"You have a cashier that's working there 24 hours a day, and he's in danger when you have stray bullets,"

Early Sunday morning, Terence Hollis, 32, was shot and killed in the Chicken Coop's parking lot, after that a fight broke out inside the restaurant, police said.

"It's amazing in terms of the crowd that it draws on a Friday or Saturday night at 2:45 a.m.," said Grand Rapids Police Chief Dave Rahinsky. "So we recognize that, and we've got personnel out there. But obviously, in light of recent tragic incidents, we will be out there in greater numbers."

"It will be staffed, so anytime you a GRPD vehicle is out there, in this case the command post, it will be staffed with personnel," said the chief. "So, not only will we have equipment out there, but we will have people out there as well."

The mobile command center will also include spotlights and recording devices from the Department of Homeland Security.

Singh said that the Chicken Coop restaurant is open later at night than any other surrounding businesses, including his. So closing earlier might prevent crowds from showing up. He also said that the crowds that form at the Chicken Coop on the weekend are so rowdy that he closes his gas station at bar close and opens again once those crowds disperse.

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10 comments

  • jerry

    why do we spend our tax money on helping a worthless bunch of people eating wings in the middle of the nite. just block off the area and let them do as the want . they can kill each other off , after a few weeks no one left the area will get better then

    • Noah Salakk

      No… There will be PLENTY left because Thugs breed faster than cockroaches… Once the easy targets are cleared out of the area they will spread to surrounding neighborhoods like the plague they are..
      I can’t wait to see what happens when the economy crashes. They’ll wake up on the first of the month and SURPRISE!!! their Welfare and Food Stamps aren’t there anymore!! God Help ANYONE that doesn’t have the means to protect themselves!! Within a week the Thugs will be cannibalizing one another…
      WHAT HAPPENED TO AMERICA? Why has it been allowed to fall apart like this? It almost seems intentional.

  • yup

    That shit hole should be shut down how many people need to die after normal buisness hours. That’s right it’s only about the money. They don’t give a shit about grand rapids or there community.

  • Al

    When I heard this one the news I thought someone shot a bunch of chickens inside their coop. Wood 8 left out “restaurant” in thier news opening…
    Shots fired at Chicken Coop.

  • TheFoundingFathers

    So when is AL Sharpton going to be there for the protests. Oh, I forgot the don’t protest when they kill each other. It only matters when a non-black kills a black………..

  • regrey

    having a command post is not going to stop what goes on at the chicken coop it needs to be closed down for good the police need to be ells were helping people . close this place down the shooting will not stop.

  • Matt Jones

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature makes them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.

    Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self-improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.