After Thwarted Kidnapping Plans, Whitmer Calls for Unity

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]


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We’re so sad to hear this story – ‘Possible hate crime in Grand Rapids under investigation.’ What are your thoughts?

By |2018-01-16T10:58:13-05:00August 4th, 2011|Opinions|

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I don’t think there is any “possible” about it. This is clearly a hate crime.
-Scott McClure

We can’t call it a hate crime until the police label it one. But from what the victim explains, it certainly sounds like one, doesn’t it?
-Between The Lines Newspaper

Now if this were between different ethnicities, it would have been labeled a hate crime automatically, no question about it. So what is with the questioning about it being a hate crime? Some things I just do not understand.
-Ang Kay

I am not terribly surprised. There are lots of decent people in that area, but also a lot of folks stuck in the dark ages. Lots of “Christian Taliban” over there.
-Mark Schelter

If the police don’t call it a hate crime, does that change what it was? Does that apply to “police brutality” also?
-Steve Duerksen

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