Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — There were no fireworks in Saginaw, Michigan, this Fourth of July. In the midst of a pandemic, there was no safe place to provide a display. The dark skies were a plaintive marker of a nation utterly disrupted in a matter of months. This period of national crisis has not inspired unity. Americans are aiming their anger at each other, talking past each other, invoking race, class and culture. They cannot even agree on the need to wear masks to protect against a deadly virus. A convulsive election looms, but it will not necessarily answer the central issue of American life: Can the United States pull itself together?
UNDATED (AP) — Surveillance video shows at least seven men holding down a Black teenager who later died after being restrained for throwing a sandwich in the cafeteria of a youth facility in Michigan. The footage released Tuesday to reporters by Detroit-area attorney Geoffrey Fieger shows several of the men appearing to pull on and hold 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks’ arms and legs down while others sit or lay atop him. Authorities have said Fredericks went into cardiac arrest April 29 while being restrained. He died two days later. Fieger represents Fredericks’ estate in a civil lawsuit that says the boy screamed “I can’t breathe” as they restrained him. The video, which shows the boy restrained for about 8 minutes, had no sound as it was shown to reporters.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s economic development board has authorized a $115 million grant program for small businesses, nonprofits, farms and agricultural processors hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Entities can start applying July 15. Michigan will disburse the funding to local economic development organizations that will give it to businesses and nonprofits. To qualify for $100 million for businesses and nonprofits, an applicant must have no more than 50 employees. The maximum grant is $20,000. At least 30% of the funds must go to businesses owned by women, minorities or veterans. There also is $10 million for agricultural processors and $5 million for farms.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers say they will begin collecting voter signatures within days for a veto-proof measure that would repeal a law that has given Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the pandemic. The ballot committee Unlock Michigan announced its plan after the state elections board approved a summary of the petition Monday. It would rescind a 1945 law that the Democratic governor has cited to close businesses, limit gathering sizes and restrict other activities to curb the coronavirus. The group, which has ties to Republicans, needs about 340,000 valid signatures.