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The Lookout | August 5, 2021

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LCC police involved with local protest

LCC police involved with local protest Lansing rally
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By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Lansing, outside the State Capitol building, Sunday, May 31, to protest police brutality following the death of George Floyd May 25 in Minneapolis.

The rally started at 11 a.m. and was supposed to end at 1 p.m. However, protestors continued after that, eventually walking through the city and as far as East Lansing before returning to the Capitol area.

The protesting went on until the city issued a mandatory curfew for 9 p.m. Sunday night after property, including a car, was destroyed.

“There were five of us here working, we just patrolled and kept a presence,” LCC Police Chief Bill French said. “And unfortunately, around 10:30 at night, we had some windows broken at (LCC’s) Washington Court Place.”

French said LCC police patrolled the campus and assisted Lansing police when needed.

“We were there to respond if they needed us, but we were also mainly keeping an eye on our buildings,” French said.

As of June 2, LCC police are not expecting more local protests, but will be tipped off by intelligence people if anything develops, French said.

“Right now there is nothing coming to the downtown,” French said. “But if there is, we’ve also closed our ramp and parking lots, so that if it did happen, people don’t park in our lots.

“I think what happens is they park in our lots and then, on their way back to their cars, they chuck a rock through a window or something like that. So we are just trying to prevent that.”

Additionally, the LCC police department has moved vehicles off campus to prevent vandalism.

“We’ll bring in more people and (have) heavy patrol if there is another protest,” French said. “Right now they’re hitting Grand Rapids and Detroit.”

Protests are being held across the country in places including Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta and Washington D.C.

In Michigan protests sites have included Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint.