DETROIT, MI — A Special Response Team shattered a family’s window in the middle of the night, hurled a flashbang onto a couch next to a sleeping girl, then charged in and shot her in the head.
RICHLAND, MI — A disabled mother and her children were tossed from their home by the government after missing one property tax bill, despite owning the home free-and-clear.
DETROIT, MI — Federal agents seized thousands of dollars from a woman at an airport because she didn’t tell them how much she had. Now the government seeks to keep the seizure, without placing a criminal charge against the woman.
ARMADA, MI — Long lines of traffic formed as travelers attempted to enter or leave the Village of Armada; government agents roadblocked all routes around town and put every driver under scrutiny as part of a massive murder investigation.
BRIGHTON, MI — A teen was fined hundreds of dollars for using unsanctioned speech on public property, igniting a debate about the freedom of speech. After being ordered by police to leave a public park for no apparent reason, the young man let his frustration known by dropping “the F-bomb,” which resulted in government retaliation.
KALAMAZOO, MI — A family was terrorized and accosted when a masked paramilitary outfit unexpectedly broke through their back door. Frightened children hid in a closet as the masked invaders spent hours tearing apart all the possessions in the home. The family assumed they were being attacked by robbers, but it turned out to be a SWAT team sent from the local “Department of Public Safety.”
MICHIGAN — Property rights took a hit this week when the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted to to take away protections for backyard farmers statewide — which will result in many small farms being shut down.
ALBION, MI — A town with evidently nothing better to do has passed an ordinance criminalizing the feeding of stray cats.
MICHIGAN — Hundreds of thousands of parents have been flagged as “child abusers” in a huge database maintained in secret by Michigan’s Child Protective Services (CPS) agency. The names are entered into the database without due process, without a judicial hearing, without an opportunity for defense, without a conviction, and without even letting the individuals know they have been targeted.
BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — A man was dragged away in handcuffs and charged with a felony after speaking too long at the podium during a town council meeting.
A recent study found that crime labs across the country are literally being incentivized to turn out results that will be favorable to prosecutors in getting convictions.
McBAIN, MI — A Michigan swine farmer is facing oppressive regulations and threats from the DNR over the fact that he raises pigs that powerful farming lobbies disapprove of; pigs that have been raised for thousands of years.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A man was forced to the concrete at gunpoint, handcuffed, and held with a pistol aimed at his back by an officer who didn’t approve of him exercising his right to bear arms.
SAINT CLAIR SHORES, MI — When a man with dementia accidentally left a dog outside all night, neighbor’s called police to silence the dog’s barking. Police obliged by firing 8 rounds into the dog in its front yard.
MATTAWAN, MI – For the past three years, the Hunter family has pursued their vision of happiness by building a hobby farm on their property. Although the family has complied with all regulations demanded of them from the township, complaints from well-connected neighbors have threatened to destroy everything they have worked to build. Kelly Vander Kley Hunter and her family have now been told to reduce the number of animals on the property or risk being shut down by the same zoning enforcement company that affirmed their compliance with township regulations.
ST. IGNACE, MI — An annual tradition since 1958, the Labor Day walk/run across the Mackinac Bridge creates the kind of family memories that last a lifetime. New for this year, families and friends will have the demeaning experience of police performing warrantless bag searches to add to their priceless memories and timeless photographs. For the 56th annual event, the Michigan State Police (MSP) will conduct searches of bags, purses, and backpacks for all attendees wanting to make the walk across the bridge — all without probable cause of a crime.
LUDINGTON, MI — Startling reports of government surveillance inside public bathrooms has been revealed through the use of hidden cameras. Now attorneys and city managers grapple over the definition of “reasonable expectation of privacy,” and whether a person has it while standing at a urinal, washing their face in a mirror, or even sitting on a toilet.
DETROIT, MI — One of the nation’s most offensive and controversial policing tactics is being expanded in Detroit. Stop & Frisk is an aggressive policing technique used in some big cities, allowing cops to order a citizen against a wall for a body search, based only on a “reasonable suspicion,” rather than actually having probable cause or a warrant. Ridden with joblessness, homelessness, corruption, and crime, Detroit residents are looking for an answer, foolishly expanding the police state in hopes of safety and order.