Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Peaceful rallies across Detroit follow Ferguson decision; at least five detained

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

click to enlarge On Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, following the announcement that a grand jury would not indict the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, protesters in Detroit demonstrated across the city, including those seen here on I-75 just south of Mack Ave. - STEVE NEAVLING/MOTOR CITY MUCKRAKER
  • Steve Neavling/Motor City Muckraker
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, following the announcement that a grand jury would not indict the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, protesters in Detroit demonstrated across the city, including those seen here on I-75 just south of Mack Ave.

Last night, hundreds took to the streets across Detroit following the decision of a grand jury to not indict the white police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

From Wayne State University, to I-75 and I-94, to eastside police districts, the rallying cry centered on a call for justice, after the St. Louis County, Missorui grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Brown 10 times this past August.

And, by most accounts, a tip of the hat should be given to local law enforcement agencies — Michigan State Police, Wayne State University officers, and the Detroit Police Department — who respected the demonstrators desire to make their voices heard on some of the region's busiest roadways. It was an effort, as the Detroit Free Press put it, "in contrast to places like Ferguson. Police escorted a few of the protests, allowing demonstrators to walk on the streets and speak their minds."

When a group moved toward I-94, officers detained a handful of demonstrators, the Detroit News reports

During a protest at WSU, a student pursuing an education major told the News the incident in Ferguson left him feeling scared for his safety.

"I felt I could be walking down the street and be killed and nobody would pay for it," Marcus Hester, 25, told the newspaper. "I'm not scared of a whole lot. I was scared."

A rally held earlier in the evening at Hart Plaza also attracted a sizable group, the Freep reports. A protest of about 40 was held by the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network at noon outside the federal courthouse on W. Lafayette

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