LPD chief, leading pastor address community's policing concerns

Dec 10, 2014

Union Missionary Baptist Church pastor Dr. Melvin T. Jones addresses the crowd gathered for a forum on community and police relations in Lansing.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

For weeks, the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in their deaths have sparked sometimes violent protests across the country. The cases have even reached mid-Michigan.

On Monday, dozens of teens from East Lansing High School led a peace march through the streets.

Last night, area clergy, civic leaders and some local police officers held a town hall meeting at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing to hear from residents about their relationship with law enforcement.

Current State speaks with the Reverend Melvin T. Jones, pastor at Union Missionary Baptist Church, and Lansing police chief Mike Yankowski.