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Dixon public safety stunt insults Black community

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon’s recent campaign stunt in downtown Grand Rapids where she announced a $1 billion public safety plan to increase law enforcement resources for the state just steps from the city’s troubled police department was an insult. 

For a gubernatorial candidate who is seeking to appeal to more than just her base, standing next to the headquarters of a police force recently mired in the recent fatal shooting of a 26-year-old Black man Patrick Lyoya is really bad optics. 

It wasn’t a genuine effort to address public safety.

And it raises questions about the seriousness of her campaign’s ability to navigate and deal with the multifaceted issues of public safety that includes how police respond to the Black community and other marginalized communities that historically have been under siege from law enforcement. 

The Grand Rapids Police Department has been in the spotlight since the death of Lyoya, who was allegedly shot and killed by Grand Rapids officer Christopher Schurr, who is White, on April 4, the anniversary of the death of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Schurr has been charged with second-degree murder. 

Lyoya’s case became a crucial flashpoint in the debate about criminal justice reform and police interactions with communities of color. 

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