State Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, today issued the following statement after a peaceful protest devolved into a riot Saturday night in Grand Rapids:
“Last night Grand Rapids became a warzone. I am deeply proud of all law enforcement and first responders. In the chaos and fog of battle these amazing professionals did not blink or stumble.
“The death of George Floyd was a horrific tragedy and justice must be served. While I understand and respect anyone who wants to demonstrate peacefully to bring attention to this injustice, it is discouraging that what was clearly intended to be a peaceful protest quickly devolved into a riot instigated by extremists with an anarchist ideology.
“This is America and we will rebuild, we will come back stronger, and we overcome this adversity. God bless and thank you to those who put their lives on the line to protect others and restore peace.”
The Michigan House, led by Appropriations Chair Thomas Albert, today approved time-sensitive COVID relief measures for families and communities – with more assistance for schools expected to be approved later this week.
Rep. Albert talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 4698 , which makes it a crime to raise a false active shooter alarm knowingly andwillfully in a public place. Rep. Albert says the penalties for pulling an active shooter alarm would be the same as those for pulling a fire alarm.