Police, community groups, come to resolution on Ojibway Island r - WNEM TV 5

Police, community groups, come to resolution on Ojibway Island restrictions

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A move to ban vehicles from Ojibway Island on Sunday after 4 p.m. has been lifted.

The ban at the Saginaw location went into effect earlier this month causing some controversy. That’s because, to some, the move was perceived as racially biased as the demographic on Ojibway Island on Sunday evenings is primarily African American.

That’s an allegation Saginaw Police dispute. “We understand the concerns of us rushing to a decision so quickly without the input of our citizens. In hindsight we see that the best approach to something of this magnitude is to do what we’ve always done and that is cooperate with our community first. This decision was based entirely on safety from our end, and had nothing at all to do with race. But we can now see and understand how our intentions may have been misperceived,” stated D/Sgt. Reggie Williams.

On Wednesday morning the Saginaw Police Department met with a group of people to come up with a resolution.  That resolution includes allowing vehicles back onto Ojibway Island during that time-period as long as trash is picked up, and police are notified if other problems arise.

The Saginaw Police Department will be working together with Parishioners on Patrol, Citizens Advisory Council, Saginaw Police Reserves, Michigan State Police, Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department, and the citizens of Saginaw to make that happen. The city will provide more trash cans on the island to help maintain cleanliness.

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