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Whitmer, Gilchrist respond to rioting

3 monthes ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist posted a video that has them both talking about the riots that happened Saturday night .
They both said they understood the anger behind the protest but condemned the violence and vandalism associated with the gatherings.
“I'm angry not at the peaceful demonstrators who largely convened thoughtfully with the conviction of their cause. I'm angry at the people who are abusing this pain to further their own agendas. Those that came into communities of color under the guise of support, but who instigated violence and...
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Villa in downtown GR remains positive despite damage

Villa in downtown GR remains positive despite damage

3 monthes ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Despite dealing with destruction and stolen merchandise after Saturday's riots , employees at Villa Clothing Store in downtown Grand Rapids are focused on staying positive and grateful.
The store, situated on the southeast corner of Fulton Street and Division Avenue, was the first to experience damage when things turned from peaceful to violent Saturday night.
Around 9 p.m., someone shattered the store's front entrance. Almost as soon as glass fell to the ground, peaceful protesters rushed to block the front entrance, yelling at people to stop.
“I thank whoever stood...
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Photos: Volunteer cleanup in Grand Rapids after riots

Photos: Volunteer cleanup in Grand Rapids after riots

3 monthes ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Hours after riots damaged 100 businesses and seven police cruisers in downtown Grand Rapids, volunteers filled the city to clean up the damage.
> > Photos: Volunteers clean up Grand Rapids after riots
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Grand Rapids' riots: 53 years apart but so much alike

Grand Rapids' riots: 53 years apart but so much alike

3 monthes ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Unlike 53 years ago, when he was arrested during the riots of 1967 in Grand Rapids, Willie Joe Vance was nowhere near Saturday night's unrest in the city .
Instead, he was fishing, then returned home to watch the riot live on television.
He was struck by the faces he saw.
First, blacks and whites peacefully protesting.
Then, whites and blacks smashing windows, looting stores and setting fires.
“It wasn't a race riot as I see it,” Vance said of Saturday night's unrest. “It was just a riot, you know.”
Back in July 1967 , as riots broke out across the country, poverty...
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Grand Rapids calls up National Guard, enacts curfew after riots

Grand Rapids calls up National Guard, enacts curfew after riots

3 monthes ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss has declared a civil emergency, calling up the National Guard to protect the city after riots damaged numerous buildings and cars overnight.
As part of the order, Grand Rapids will be under a curfew for 48 hours. The curfew is 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.; those who do not honor it by staying home could be charged with a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
“We're asking for the community's cooperation and let's have a safe night tonight,” said Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Eric Payne.
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