GVSU Student, Derek Copp, Shot in Chest by Police for Smoking Marijuana

A request has been made to disseminate the following information. Derek Copp, a 20-year-old student at Grand Valley State University was shot in the chest by police in a marijuana raid.

“Apartment neighbors of Grand Valley State University student Derek Copp say they cannot fathom what prompted police to shoot him late Wednesday in a drug-related raid. But they said they were aware of marijuana odors in the complex… The 20-year-old student was in serious condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Copp, a Spring Arbor native, has been at GVSU since 2007, the same year he graduated from Jackson Community College, according to his page on Facebook. He identifies himself as ‘a left-wing hippie peace-keeping liberal,’ who is seeking a film and video degree. Copp plays the guitar and often volunteers at music festivals to see favorite bands for free, the social networking page states.”

A protest is being held on campus (Grand Valley State University) from 12pm–2pm “to shine the light on the kind of things the police in this area think they can get away with.”

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