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Vote on GR human rights ordinance postponed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — City officials are postponing a vote on a proposed human rights ordinance that was scheduled for next week.

Grand Rapids commissioners were set to vote May 14 on an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to racially profile people and call police for “participating in their lives.”

A spokesperson said the city is continuing to work on final refinements of the ordinance being made based on comments made during a public hearing. Administrators requested to push the vote back to allow for a full review of the feedback.

If passed, people could receive a $500 fine for making unnecessary phone calls on people for living their lives. Grand Rapids police and dispatchers would also receive training to ask questions about why a call is being made.

Supporters say people who have a racial bias need to be called out, while those in opposition say the ordinance would be redundant.

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5 comments

  • C

    When this finally passes, it’s going to create more problems than it solves. Less respect and increased animosity.

  • Bud

    Democrats have conditioned the weak minded into believing they are victims and ignore common sense. Whatever happened to, ‘Treat others as you would want them to treat you.’

  • Kevin Rahe

    If the 911 calls that were the supposed impetus for this measure cause a significant problem for authorities by negatively affecting their ability to respond to more serious matters, then I would say a new statute might be reasonable. But if this is just to get back at people for basically bad behavior (e.g. using the police to harass someone they don’t like for one reason or another), I think there are better ways than using a government bureaucracy.

  • Keithen

    Badass! Gonna smoke pot in my front yard while mowing the lawn at 2am. I’m just living my life. That’s when I do my best work.

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