Investigators want to interview eyewitnesses to police actions in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo public safety is being investigated for its handling of protests and rallies over the summer. Analysts want to hear from those who were there.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) is under investigation. Many residents have called for action following its mishandling of Black Lives Matter protests in May and June and a Proud Boys rally in August.

Now, investigators want to hear from the people who were there.

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The California-based OIR group is leading the investigation, which will result in monthly updates and a final list of recommendations at the end of the investigation.

Before all that, the group’s analysts want to know what eyewitnesses at the events saw and experienced.

Those who were present at either the protests May 30 to June 2 or the rally on August 15 can contact the OIR group by email at [email protected].

Protests in May and June were met with state police in riot gear who teargassed protestors after a city-wide curfew was imposed.

Conversely, officers were largely unseen during a rally by the racist Proud Boys group that ended in violence when protestors clashed with members of the group. Police arrested ten people, none from the Proud Boys. Two of those arrested were of uninvolved observers, including a reporter.

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