Lansing City Councilman calling on Mayor for police reform and resignation
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Lansing City Councilman Brandon Betz wants Mayor Andy Schor to resign, the Lansing Police Department dismantled and the Lansing locking up at LDP headquarters closed.
Anthony Hulon died in Lansing Police custody on April 11, while being held on a domestic assault charge.
A press release Chief Daryl Green sent at the time said Hulon died from medical complications. However, a federal lawsuit filed by Hulon’s family said the Ingham County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death homicide by positional asphyxia.
Michigan State Police investigators recommended the officers be charged with a crime.
The lawsuit acknowledges Hulon had been using methamphetamine.
Betz said it’s time to direct money from the police department to resources that could help people like Hulon.
“This person was high on drugs. Why are they being taken in by police and put in jail as opposed to being put in a rehabilitation clinic?” Betz told News 10.
Paul Birdsong lead protests over the summer supporting the defunding the Lansing Police Department. He said Hulon’s situation could have been handled differently.
“They should’ve waiting until he calmed down and then try to handcuff him,” Birdsong said. “Put him in the cell with the handcuffs on and when he stops hollering and yelling and he chills out and he comes down off of that high, then you say ‘turn around put your hands through the bars so I can unhandcuff you.’”
Betz said he felt Mayor Andy Schor should resign if he’s not going to take action.
“I do not think Andy Schor is fit to lead this city with all of the allegations against him, with everything that’s going on because he has shown he would rather cover up things that are going on the city than addressing them," said Betz.
News 10 asked Mayor Schor for reaction to Betz’s demands.
A spokeswoman sent this statement from Mayor Schor instead
“On April 11, 2020, an inmate died while he was detained. This situation is a tragedy and an investigation was immediately started by the Michigan State Police (per standard LPD policy). MSP conducted and forwarded their investigation to the Attorney General’s Office without recommending criminal charges, despite recent media reports. The case remains open and is currently under review by the Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office has not yet released information on when their investigation will be complete,” said Mayor Schor.
The Attorney General’s office is still reviewing the case to decide if criminal charges will be filed against the officers.
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