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Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert facing criticism from community and leaders after racist comment at city council meeting

The mayor’s comment at Tuesday’s city council meeting was followed by intense criticism from other council members. Mayor Bashert has since apologized for the comment, saying her actions were racist and that she felt ashamed.   Most recently, two council members called for Bashert’s resignation at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Downtown Ypsilanti on Saturday, June 20. 

Sen. Irwin and Rep. Peterson testify on bill addressing police training and excessive force in Michigan

Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Rep. Ronnie Peterson (D-Ypsilanti) testified on Thursday in front of the Michigan House Judiciary Committee about their bill aimed at addressing police training and excessive force in Michigan. The bill requires that all police officers receive training on implicit bias and violence de-escalation techniques, as well as take a mental health screening, as a part of their initial training and certification.

EMU collaborates with other Michigan universities to provide fiscal guidance to struggling local governments during the COVID-19 crisis

Local governments will soon be faced with difficult choices because of how their revenue sources are impacted by the coronavirus crisis. In a partnership with the University of Michigan’s CLOSUP, EMU and other Michigan universities are aiming to provide local governments with expert advice on how to navigate through the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.