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End the MSP Helicopter patrols over Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Petitioned Michigan State Police

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Michigan State Police

End the MSP Helicopter patrols over Grand Rapids Michigan

    1. Petition by

      GRAAP

This armed MSP helicopter patrol of the City of Grand Rapids has not done the job of making it's civilians feel any safer. In fact, it has disturbed the peace more than the small crimes it may or may not prevent. While MSP was hovering over my neighborhood of Leonard/Plainfield, a successful armed robbery took place in the Leonard/Fuller area and the criminal is currently on the run.
The helicopter patrol failed to prevent or catch any criminals but did succeed in violating the rights of the people of the city by deliberately looking into homes with their search light. Not only did they violate our right to privacy in our own homes, a right afforded to us by the United States Constitution, but they also disturbed the peace, spread panic in the civilians, instilled a sense in us that we must be surveyed for our own protection and flew at intimidating tree-top altitudes..
The MSP helicopter is "equipped with a sophisticated global positioning system, an infrared camera and a 30-million candle power spotlight. At night, the pilots wear night vision goggles." The officers are also equipped with their regulation hand guns as well as a Rifle. The MSP told local news reporters that they will "not necessarily be shooting from the air." This is a bold and terrifying statement, on the possibility that these air patrolers may open fire on civilians in the city from the helicopter if they see fit. This must be stopped.

To:
Michigan State Police
End the MSP Helicopter patrols over Grand Rapids Michigan

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Neighborhood Association

      by GRAAP

      I spoke to the Creston Neighborhood Association last week and inquired about the helicopter patrols. The man I spoke to said that it's his understanding that the patrols in Grand Rapids are due to an over-funding of the programs and that they chose our city due to the spike in murders and other acts of violence. However, wherether it be over-funding, spike in crime or "Big Brother", this is an unnecessary program. Take those funds and help the poor. Use the money to get more police active on the streets. We do not need to be programmed to think that being watched and surveyed is the new normal.

    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Jessica Townley GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • 9 months ago

      Living downtown in noisy enough. It's bad enough to be woken up early by the train. I don't need the noise of the helicopter bothering me when I'm trying to get to sleep at night. It's great to have the helicopter available if needed for emergencies or searches. But regular patrols over the city are a nuisance to residents, particularly at night.

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    • geoffrey hudson GRAND RAPODS, MI
      • 11 months ago

      We are not living in a police state, this is not necessary and it creates a climate of fear and paranoia that this city is better without.

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    • Robert Harrison YPSILANTI, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      I do not want this in my city either.

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    • David Foster GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      If the city says it's not needed, why do the MSP think it is? In the meantime we have to listen to this fly over and over for hours? So stupid!

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    • Nikki Roberts GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      Government money can be spent elsewhere and be much more productive.

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