Man shot on city’s northeast side, victim not cooperating

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are investigating after they say someone shot a man Friday night.

It happened on Bradford Street on the city’s northeast side around 11 p.m.

When officers arrived, they tell FOX 17 they found a man in his 20s with gunshot wounds.

They say those injuries are non-life-threatening. They add the victim is not necessarily cooperating with their investigation.

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4 comments

  • steve thomas

    It’s too bad that the doctors can’t be uncooperative if the injuries aren’t life threatening. Give the victim who won’t talk a band-aid and show him the door.

    • Andrew

      This guy didn’t go to the hospital, he stayed home. But I see your point. Putting rubbing alcohol on a gunshot wound (to sterilize it, of course) might encourage someone to talk as well. Would you be in favor of that?

  • Andrew

    Another day, another shooting in GR, and another citizen who does not trust the police enough to cooperate with them.
    The officers can not do their jobs to get criminals off the streets without that cooperation. Violent crime in GR will continue to increase unless something is done to improve the relationship which exists between the police department and the citizens of this city. Some (though not all) modern “community policing” programs have shown to be very effective in doing that, if they are implemented early enough and implemented properly.

    What our police chief has done has not been effective. He has implemented bits and pieces of programs that make it seem like he is doing something along those lines, but that is not the same thing as implementing an established and proven program. It is like putting up walls, windows, a roof, and a door, and saying you have built a house. It may look like one from the outside, but with no rooms, electricity, plumbing, or floors inside it certainly can not function as a house.

    City leaders need to take the increased violent crime in this city seriously if they are hoping to see the city grow. It is one thing to choose a member of the good old boys network for mayor, but they can not afford to play those political games when choosing a police chief. WE can not afford to have them play those political games when choosing a police chief.

    Without a positive relationship with the public, a police department can not maintain control over crime in any city. It is the job of the chief of police to establish the parameters of that relationship, and to direct the methodologies underwhich the officers interact with the public. This is not fuzzy feel-it-out-as-you-go theory. It is science, and these programs work consistently if they are implemented fully and properly. Unfortunately, our chief is either incapable or unwilling to do that. Our officers are left “winging it” much of the time, and so there is no consistency in public interaction. I think most people in GR trust individual officers enough to talk to them, but they don’t see consistency across the board and they surely don’t see it all the way to the top. Without that, you aren’t going to get cooperation. And crime will continue to increase and get more violent in Grand Rapids.