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Group to lead racial justice reform created in Lansing

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A new group is being formed to lead racial justice reform in the city of Lansing. 

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor announced details Thursday on the city’s long-term plan to address systemic injustice.

That includes the creation of a Racial Justice and Equity Alliance. 

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, nationwide protests have broken out demanding extensive changes to the way law enforcement is funded and interacts with the community. 

Since that time, the Lansing Police Department has announced changes to its practices including ending no-knock search warrants and reducing traffic stops. 

LPD Chief Daryl Green says one of the ultimate goals of the new group is to revise current use of force policies. 

"With the tragic death of George Floyd, it has given us an opportunity to take a more systematic review of all of our policies and procedures and analyze exactly what our community members want out of us and their police department," said Green.

The city is hosting a series of community conversations to get input on reforms.