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Police arrests of black people often filled with fear, anxiety

Video shows Patrick Lyoya disobeying an officer during a traffic stop on April 4, attempted to run, then struggled with the officer over his Taser before the officer shot him in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For a number of black men and women, resisting arrest in encounters with police for minor traffic stops has been deadly. Experts say the anxiety levels of those arrested and even the officers involved can be high, adding to the tension. Jason Johnson is president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. He says black men who encounter police often assume they will be subjected to brutality.


Officer’s camera misses key moment in Patrick Lyoya’s death

Body camera footage of Patrick Lyoya’s fatal encounter with a Michigan police officer shows a close-up view of an intense struggle – but the video cuts out 42 seconds before the officer shoots the black man in the head. It’s the latest in a handful of high-profile cases in which body cameras have somehow failed, leaving prosecutors and the public to rely on bystander video for a clearer picture of what happened. An expert says that if it was an accident, it’s likely that vendors, who have been sensitive to the limitations of the technology, will make changes to avoid such deactivations in the future. Lawyers for Lyoya’s family are grateful that his passenger, as well as doorbell video from a nearby house, recorded what happened.


MDHHS reports first flu-related child death this season

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first flu-related child death in Michigan for the 2021-2022 flu season. The agency said Friday the reported death was of a Kalamazoo County child who contracted the flu strain known as A/H3, the agency said Friday. He did not reveal the child’s age. Dr Natasha Bagdasarian, Medical Director of the Michigan Health Agency, said: “Once children reach six months of age, it is recommended that they receive two doses of flu vaccine for their first series”.


Ex-Michigan music teacher sentenced to prison on child molestation charges

DETROIT, AP — A former University of Michigan violin professor was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to transporting a girl across state lines for sex. A federal judge who sentenced Stephen Shipps, 69, on Thursday also ordered the Ann Arbor man to pay $120,000 in restitution. Shipps issued an apology and his attorney had not requested any jail time. The charges allege that Shipps, who retired in 2019 from the University of Michigan, took a girl across state lines multiple times in 2002. His 2020 indictment came two years after the The university placed the longtime professor on paid leave after former students accused him of sexual misconduct while teaching them in the 1970s and 1980s in Nebraska and North Carolina.


Michigan agency: bird flu found in backyard flock

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Avian flu has been confirmed in a flock of backyard poultry in Livingston County, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. This brings to four the number of southeast Michigan counties where the virus has been detected. The department said Friday that the location where the bird flu was discovered is under quarantine and the birds have been destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease. The flock contained about 20 birds of several species. The department says the finding underscores Michigan’s “continued high risk of the disease.” He urges poultry owners “to implement all necessary strategies to protect their flocks”.


Low-income buyers are shut out of the new-vehicle market

DETROIT (AP) — Two years after the pandemic tore through the economy, the U.S. auto market looks like this: Prices have risen dramatically. The supply is drastically reduced. And gasoline is much more expensive. The result? A growing disparity between the wealthiest buyers and everyone else. Wealthier buyers continue to shell out big bucks for new vehicles, including the less fuel-efficient among them – trucks, SUVs, large sedans. As for the rest of America, millions of people feel increasingly excluded from the new vehicle market. Instead, they compete for a reduced supply of used cars, especially the smaller, cheaper and more fuel-efficient ones.


Biden picks Michael Barr for Fed banking regulatory job

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said he plans to appoint Michael Barr to serve as vice chairman of oversight for the Federal Reserve. Barr’s selection comes after Biden’s top pick for the Fed job, Sarah Bloom Raskin, withdrew her nomination a month ago amid opposition from Republicans and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for his views on climate change. Biden notes the importance of politics in a Friday statement saying his nominee previously cleared the Senate on a bipartisan basis. Barr is the dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Barr was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions during the Obama administration.


Playwright Noah Haidle blows out his ‘birthday candles’

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Noah Haidle’s Broadway debut was a matter of time and yet no one was on his side as the pandemic closed in. Rehearsals for her play “Birthday Candles” were in their second week in March 2020 when her career was ripped off. People are finally seeing “Birthday Candles” and applauding its cosmic look at time, ritual, and memory, a piece that connects the baking of a cake to the “atoms left behind by creation.” The play visits and revisits a woman and her loved ones on her various birthdays as she grows from a 17-year-old rebel to a 107-year-old great-grandmother. It stars Emmy Award winner Debra Messing.


Family demands charges and ID of officer in Patrick Lyoya’s death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Peter Lyoya brought his family from Congo to the United States in 2014 to escape violence. Now he fears they came here to die. A Michigan police officer shot and killed his eldest son, Patrick, 26, in the head this month following a traffic stop in Grand Rapids. The video shows a brief foot chase and struggle with the officer’s Taser before the white officer shoots Patrick Lyoya as the black man is face down. Peter Lyoya spoke to The Associated Press at his Lansing apartment on Thursday, a day after police released videos of the traffic stop. Peter brought his six children to the United States to get away from the protracted civil unrest.


EXPLAINER: The key state of mind of the filming of Patrick Lyoya

DETROIT (AP) — The fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya in Michigan raises questions about why a traffic stop turned into a foot chase and a vigorous scuffle before the motorist was killed by a police officer. The 26-year-old black man was shot in the head in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 4. The city’s new police chief took the unusual step of quickly releasing videos of the violent confrontation. The police are investigating. Police and prosecutors will investigate why the officer pursued Lyoya when the man fled. They will also consider his state of mind when he shot Lyoya during a struggle for the officer’s Taser.