Wednesday, March 18, 2009

College student shot by police; his Congressman introduces a bill to fight gangs

20-year old college student Derek Copp is recovering from being shot in the chest on Aug. 11, 2009 by police as a raiding party executed a search warrant at his apartment near his campus.
His classmates are appropriately protesting. Here's their facebook link.
Copp, a student at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, in the class of 2011, was unarmed. Copp was raided by the West Michigan Enforcement Team, a regional anti-drug unit.

Meanwhile his Representative in Congress, Vern Ehlers (R-MI), silent about the shooting according to a search of his website and The Grand Rapids Press, is cosponsoring a bill to address the problems of bullying and gangs in schools.

The Grand Rapids Press quotes the Congressman's press release (which is not yet on his official website),

"Bullying is not just harmless horseplay among kids, but a serious problem in many schools in the country," Ehlers said in a press release. "Bullying distracts from students' education and can lead to future violence if school officials and parents do not intervene.
Ehlers is a member of the House Education and Labor Committee.

Five persons have already been shot this year by police in neighboring Kent and Ottawa counties.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it is sad to know about that, and these should been taken....very good, keep going.....

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