Township Residents Complain About Policing

BARRY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Residents of a western Michigan township are calling on local officials to fire the police chief for what they say is overly aggressive policing.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1o5GK2e ) Barry Township residents will attend a meeting Monday to demand changes in the police force. Officials moved the regularly scheduled meeting to a high school auditorium because so many people are expected to attend.

Residents have demanded a state investigation into certain practices of Police Chief Victor Pierce. They question why he has 34 non-certified reserve officers to protect a population of 3,900 people. His department of four full-time officers has received four free military vehicles from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Pierce says his team and resources are needed because of threats of terrorism, barricaded gunmen and mass shootings.


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