Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lansing’s fire chief has resigned after 16 months in the position and just days after a racial discrimination lawsuit was filed by multiple current and former Black city employees. According to the Lansing State Journal, Michael Mackey formally gave his notice via email on Friday and said his resignation was unrelated to the lawsuit that was filed last week Wednesday. In his resignation email provided by the city, Mackey says he is leaving for personal reasons and to pursue other professional opportunities. The city has not yet released information about who might lead the department on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city and a business group have agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit over the handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy at an after-school program. The Flint boy, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, had kicked a cart and was running on bleachers when police were called. His hands were cuffed behind his back and remained that way for more than an hour because the officer didn’t have a key. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which sued on behalf of the boy and his mother, said Tuesday that going forward, physical restraints will be used only as a last resort and that Flint police officers will be encouraged to not get involved in school disciplinary issues.
GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The football season still is alive for a group of home-schooled teenagers in western Michigan. The Grand Valley Christian Patriots will open the season in Franklin, Ohio, on Aug. 29. The team isn’t part of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, which stopped the fall season because of the coronavirus. The team has 32 home-schooled players who live in the Grand Rapids region. The Patriots play home games at Grandville Middle School. Their opponents are in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Washtenaw County. Patriots coach Brian Shafer says the team regularly performs health screening.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she was “thrilled” when Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his running mate, and her decision to be vetted for the job will benefit Michigan if he’s elected president. She told The Associated Press she gets to keep her “dream job” as governor. Whitmer was on Biden’s short list and flew to Delaware to meet with him. She confirmed an AP report that she asked to no longer be considered earlier in the process. She says Biden asked her to think about it and she decided it was a “true honor” to stay in the mix.