- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids police will no longer routinely take a photograph and fingerprints of people who lack identification when encountered by officers.

Police Chief David Rahinsky says fingerprints will be taken from people without ID whose behavior is “highly suspicious.” He says the change means the number of fingerprints collected will drop to just a few dozen from more than 1,000 a year.

In a statement Tuesday, City Manager Greg Sundstrom says ending “controversial practices” could improve relationships between police and residents. Members of a task force last March were concerned about the photo-and-fingerprint policy.

A lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says it’s not enough. Miriam Aukerman tells The Grand Rapids Press that fingerprints shouldn’t be taken without probable cause for arrest.

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