After weeks of being closed following a fatal shooting, a BP gas station on Detroit’s west side has reopened against the protests of the community.
About a dozen people tried to block the entrance of the gas station at Fenkell and Meyers in Detroit on Friday.
They chanted and held up signs.
“It’s important for us to be out here because even in the face of this gas station opening, we still need to let people know that we’re not going to stand for just any kind of treatment in our community. We’re here to promote unity. We’re here to promote the fight on black on black crime," one protestor said.
The station had private security trying to keep the peace.
"What we're here to do is make sure that just because there's discourse between the community, not the general community here, but the protestors and the gas station, that there is no violence that takes place," said security guard Dale Brown.
Dispute over condoms leads to murder charge:
The gas station's clerk, 23-year-old Ibrahim Saleh, is charged with first-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
Detroit police have said Michael Haynes was shot in the back during the early mornings of March 10 after knocking over shelves of merchandise at the station. Police said there was a dispute over the price of condoms sold at the station. Haynes was charged $1.50 and argued he should have only been charged $1.
Haynes was shot after Saleh stepped out from an area protected by bulletproof glass, police said.