Sunday, May 31, 2020

Another protest planned for Detroit on Sunday after the last rally turned ugly

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 8:51 AM

click to enlarge Detroit police clad in riot gear form a barricade outside Public Safety Headquarters. - STEVE NEAVLING
  • Steve Neavling
  • Detroit police clad in riot gear form a barricade outside Public Safety Headquarters.

Protesters are planning to gather in downtown Detroit for a third straight day to rally against police brutality and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis cops after a demonstration turned ugly Saturday night.

Detroit police used pepper spray on protesters and some journalists on Saturday night after showing restraint for most of the past two days. Detroit is investigating two cops who were seen pushing a protester to the ground, a city official confirmed

Sunday’s rally begins at 4 p.m. in front of Detroit Public Safety headquarters downtown.

During a press conference late Saturday night, Police Chief James Craig said that officers came under attack after police with riot shields and helmets formed a line to prevent protesters from reaching Public Safety Headquarters.

“We did not want them to come too close to our building for obvious reasons, and that’s when the protesters turned violent,” Craig said during an interview streamed on Facebook. “They began to throw projectiles, from rocks and M-80 grenades, at officers. We learned that a number of them came with ice chests that had a number of bricks. So it became a violent situation at that point.”

At one point, an officer swatted a recording device from the hands of a Free Press journalist. Other reporters were peppers-sprayed.

Both rallies started off peacefully, and local organizers were calling on protesters to show restraint.

On Friday, some protesters attacked police cars with rocks, bricks, and bottles. When the sun went down both nights, some smaller groups began confronting police.

Protests turned violent in cities across the nation, including in Grand Rapids, where windows were smashed and cars were lit on fire.

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