2018-01-11 / News

City approves excessive force policy, relocation plan

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

DAVISON — City council has approved an excessive force policy and an anti-displacement and relocation plan to comply with federal guidelines associated with the ACE Hardware project, finished last summer.

City Manager Andrea Schroeder said the policy and plan were required to be on the city’s book to be in compliance with terms of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant program which was an integral part of the recent renovation to the ACE Hardware store on Main Street.

Councilwoman Joan Snyder asked if the city has had an excessive force policy on record previously and Police Chief Don Harris confirmed it did.

“We have a policy already in place,” said Harris. “It’s something we are well aware of.”

The policy is required by the federal government for communities receiving government funds. Known as the Armstrong/ Walker "Excessive Force" Amendment (Section 104 (L)(1) of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, it prohibits the use of excessive force by a local law enforcement agency against any individual engaged in nonviolent civil rights demonstration within its jurisdiction.

Because the city received a Michigan Community Development Block Grant it is required to comply with the Armstrong/ Walker "Excessive Force" Amendment, said Schroeder.

If the Davison police were to use of excessive force against demonstrators, the policy says it may cause the city to lose its grant or eligibility for future federal grants.

The second policy is designed to make sure the city minimizes the displacement of people from their homes and that it assists displaced residents with relocation if necessary.

Schroeder said the passage of both measures is to fulfill obligations of the grant as the government prepares to audit the ACE Hardware project.

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