Detroit News. June 18, 2022.

Editorial: FBI Must Release Extremist Murder Examination

Every time a citizen dies at the hands of law enforcement, the public must be held accountable for why it was necessary to use lethal force. The feds have yet to explain the officers’ decision to shoot and kill Eric Mark-Matthew Allport outside a restaurant in Madison Heights in October 2020.

Allport, 43, was not a likeable figure.

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He lived next door and was friends with Randy Weaver, whose wife and son were killed during an FBI siege in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992. He later served an 11-year sentence for shooting on police officers and supported the anti-government Boogaloo movement.

This story may have something to do with the failure so far to release details of his death, which occurred in a daytime shooting in a parking lot at the Texas Roadhouse in Madison Heights. He was shot seven times, according to the autopsy.

The FBI describes Allport as an anti-government extremist known to have a cache of weapons, including an illegal machine gun, which the FBI says was found in his truck at the scene. He was wanted for unlawful possession at the time of the shooting.

An FBI agent was allegedly injured during the exchange, and the implication is that the agent was shot by Allport.

The bureau acknowledged to the Detroit News that its review of the incident was completed last fall, but so far has not responded to requests for publication. It took over a year for The News to obtain the autopsy, which is also a public document.

Several questions remain, including:

► Why was Allport confronted in broad daylight in the parking lot in front of a post office and a restaurant? Has the danger presented to passers-by been taken into account? Why did they choose not to arrest him at his home or business?

► The confrontation took place five days before federal agents rounded up suspects in the kidnapping plot against Governor Gretchen Whitmer and just a month before the 2020 election. Is there a connection? Was the intention to remove a sympathizer from the streets to minimize the risk of a violent response to arrests?

► Did Allport shoot the injured officer or was the injury caused by friendly fire? An FBI spokeswoman, in a statement to the Detroit News, said Allport pulled out a handgun and fired at officers. Do civilian witnesses corroborate this account?

► What is the justification for refusing the official examination?

The handling of this federal shooting differs markedly from how the Justice Department responded to the 2009 law enforcement killing of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, an imam at a Detroit West Side mosque.

The government, then under intense community pressure, finally released the details of this investigation. The conclusion was that the imam was armed and threatening.

And already, the Justice Department has released more information about the death of Ashli ​​Babbitt, who was killed by a US Capitol Police lieutenant during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

There is no such public outcry over Allport’s death. But there shouldn’t be.

As we have learned over the past two years of scrutiny of police shootings, the character of the deceased is irrelevant.

Secrecy only serves to arouse suspicion. Almost two years is too long.

“When you have law enforcement shootings, it’s appropriate to demand greater transparency,” said Michael Avery, a professor at the University of Suffolk Law School, former chairman of the National Police Accountability Project. nonprofit, at The News. “What haven’t we been told? »

This is the key question. The government’s review could help answer that. He should be released immediately.

The Mining Review. June 14, 2022.

Editorial: The new contract for nurses at UPHS-Marquette, a positive development

Hats off to the Michigan Nurses Association and UP Health System-Marquette who announced over the weekend that a new contract had been successfully completed.

Union staff approved the deal late last week with the hospital some time earlier.

“This contract makes UPHS-Marquette a more rewarding place to work so that we can attract and keep nurses engaged in our community and make the hospital the best it can be,” said Stephanie DePetro, RN, president of the ‘MGH RN Staff Council and Vice Chair of the Michigan Nurses Association Board of Directors. in a report.

Gar Atchison, CEO of UPHS-Marquette, said, “From day one, our leadership team was committed to updating the contract in a way that ensured we could continue to provide high-quality care to the community, retain our exceptional and experienced nurses and be a leader in recruiting clinical talent to our team.

The new pact, retroactive to June 1, when the previous contract expired, includes:

≤ competitive salary increases over the term of the contract;

≤ increased differentials for various shifts, nurse-in-charge duties and specialty certifications; and

≤ an assessment of RN experience in determining appropriate placement on the pay scale.

Details were not provided.

All of this, of course, should be seen as good news, especially since previous contract negotiations between the parties were somewhat less than cordial.

We bet the teams didn’t come away with everything they wanted, but with something they could live with.

And that is the essence of successful negotiations.

News from Alpena. June 16, 2022.

Editorial: Give Us Our Gas Tax Waiver Already

The state Senate passed a bipartisan measure to suspend the gasoline and sales tax and use fuel taxes by Sept. 15.

The State House must pass the measure without delay.

As of this writing, gas prices in Alpena range between $5.03 and $5.09, according to GasBuddy, and that incredible price is on top of higher prices for everything else.

The proposal passed by the Senate would save customers about 50 cents per gallon as soon as the government. Gretchen Whitmer signs it, and we need that relief now.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the measure would cost the state about $800 million in lost revenue, but the state is now sitting on a large surplus and can afford to provide relief at the pump to Michiganders.

The problem has been around the state for weeks, and it’s time to fix it.

We’re asking the State House to pass the Senate-backed measure and send it to Whitmer, and Whitmer to sign it.

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