More drama expected at public meeting regarding Barry Twp. police

BARRY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There is more drama in a West Michigan community divided over its own police force.

For months, the people of Barry TOwnship have packed public meetings, angry over the size of its police force, and what some describe as abuse of power.

Last week, Michigan State Police began investigating the allegations, at the request of the Barry Township Board.

The board also voted to suspend all 34 of the department's reserve officers until further review.

With another public meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday night, more fireworks are expected.

The meeting has been moved from the Barry Township Hall into Delton-Kellogg High School, because so many people are expected to be in attendance.

Despite Michigan State Police now investigating and the suspension of all reserve officers, some residents say it's still not enough.

They say they want the Chief of Police, Victor Pierce, gone.

Last week, Newschannel 3 learned there has been an ongoing effort to make that happen.

"It's a force that's come into this town that's not welcome by most of the peopel here," said resident Ron Daniels. "(because) there's over 1,000 petitions right now to stop this whole program. There's over 1,000 signatures on some petitions to to away with Mr. Pierce."

The petitions are expected to be presented Monday night.

Exactly what the township board will do from there is unclear.