Listen to a special edition of Off Mic where Micheal Puente hosted "Race and Justice: Here and Now", where he sat via Zoom with Northwest Indiana Community Leaders, Political Figures, and Law Enforcement to discuss recent events that sparked from the death of George Floyd.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on a protests in across Northwest Indiana, North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan won the Democratic primary for the US House District 1 seat, Darian Benson and Carter Barrett have a report on black health disparities and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ivy Tech Community College VP of Academic Admissions Dr. Russ Baker about a guaranteed admissions agreement with Indiana University … All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

It's going to take communication, according to Lieutenant Steve Kellogg, Public Information Officer for the Hammond Police Department, to rebuild a trusting and respectful relationship between the black community and police officers.

How Racism, Health Disparities Harm Black Americans

Jun 4, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

Demonstrations are flaring up across the country to protest the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police. They’re also calling attention to broader inequalities. One of those areas—health disparities—kills Black Americans in massive numbers.

HAMMOND -  Peaceful protests in Hammond over the weekend led to  a larger police intervention on Saturday, after a small group broke-off from the event and headed for 80/94.  Hammond Police Department Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Steve Kellogg says the police action was to protect the safety of all.  

Lawmakers Amend Bill To Clear Protesters From Roads

Feb 22, 2017


The Senate Local Government committee amended a bill requiring law enforcement to clear protesters from roadways by any means necessary, and the bill is expected to be watered down even more.


Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered his first State of the State address, controversy erupted over a bill aimed at protesters who block traffic, and a Senate committee approved a balanced budget amendment.

The Senate Local Government Committee will wait to vote on a bill that would require law enforcement to clear protesters from roadways by “any means necessary.”

The proposal raised alarm with lawmakers and members of the public Wednesday at its first hearing.

The bill, from state Sen. James Tomes (R-Wadesville), would require a mayor or other public official to dispatch all available law enforcement within 15 minutes of a report of a mass traffic obstruction.