One year ago, a group of brave Grand Traverse County employees tried to have change. They tried to have accountability. Despite the good old boys network, this group of employees told the truth about what was happening in the Grand Traverse County jail. They talked about how women were being abused. They talked about wanting better.
Then, justice didn’t happen.
It has been a year, and former Grand Traverse County Jail Administrator Todd Ritter has yet to face criminal charges for the behavior that led to his resignation. You can read the allegations here. I would describe them as salacious.
What about those victims? Where is the justice? Do their lives matter?
Grand Traverse County officials can give press conferences about peaceful protests and their commitment to justice. But until they do justice for the victims of Todd Ritter, and for our entire community, their words don’t mean a thing.