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File photo of law enforcement during the Proud Boys March in downtown Kalamazoo August 15, 2020
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Ever since the Proud Boys clashed with counter-demonstrators in the streets of downtown Kalamazoo on August 15, 2020, the Department of Public Safety has faced criticism for its handling of those events. Now a report from independent news outlet has raised new questions about KDPS’ preparations for that day.

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Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema says a report on how public safety handled protests last summer will be analyzed and more meetings will be held to seek public comment. The 115 page report from the OIR Group was presented during a special city commission meeting Tuesday night.

WMUK | Earlene McMichael

A year ago this week, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis by police officer Derrick Chauvin, sparking protests around the world, including in Kalamazoo. WMUK’s Earlene McMichael produced a three-part series, talking to African-Americans who had concerns about whether the hundreds of white allies with whom they protested alongside would continue working for reform and racial justice once the big demonstrations died down.

People celebrate outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, after the guilty verdicts were announced in the murder trial against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Michigan organizers say the work is not done after a Minnesota jury returned a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

Kalamazoo City Hall - file photo. Photo by Sehvilla Mann, WMUK
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

As the nation waits for the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin , Kalamazoo City Commissioner Eric Cunningham is calling for reflection. The jury in Minneapolis heard final arguments Monday.