Grand Rapids chief to march with community Wednesday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne plans to march and stand in solidarity with the community at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Payne will also assist in the event’s planning.

“Ultimately, what we want is peace,” said Payne at a City Commission meeting on Tuesday.

This comes after protesters criticized Payne for not marching with them on Monday. Downtown Grand Rapids experienced widespread property damage after a night of rioting on Saturday.

Also at the meeting, the city announced new initiatives to improve the department’s relationship with the community.

Some of those steps include the creation of a new community police advisory council by Saturday. The city also plans to hold a virtual town hall to listen to the community’s concerns and seek solutions.

Oversight and Accountability and the Equity and Engagement offices will also host events led by experts about healing from trauma related to racism and the use of force.

Check with woodtv.com for more details about these initiatives.