ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Tuesday, June 9, 2020

View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on June 3, 2020 at 8:21 p.m. (WDIV)

Michigan Gov. Whitmer supports ‘spirit’ of ‘defunding police,’ open to ending qualified immunity

DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke on calls to “defund the police,” as well as other issues on policing in an interview with The Root on Tuesday.

The Instagram Live interview was broadcast on Tuesday afternoon and Gov. Whitmer offered her opinions on some of the issues being highlighted by protesters, who have been marching for weeks to call for an end to police brutality, injustice and racism. Whitmer spoke to Terrell Jermaine Starr.

Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 59,107; Death toll now at 5,698

4 Fast Facts

  • Stimulus check payments are arriving in new way -- don’t throw them in trash. Click here to read more.
  • Video shows Michigan state trooper rescue unconscious driver from burning vehicle on I-94. Click here to read more.
  • Cedar Point has unveiled a plan to open their park for the 2020 season -- with precautions in place for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • A Royal Oak business owner who was heavily criticized for his initial response to employees wearing “Black Lives Matter” messages said he learned from the experience and supports the message. Click here to read more.

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Detroit City Council urges police reform

The Detroit City Council released a statement Tuesday urging the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners to adopt police reformations amid the national unrest over the killing of George Floyd.

Floyd, a Black man, was killed after a now-former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was in police custody, handcuffed and laying on the ground.

Detroit protest leaders list 11 demands

Leaders of the Detroit protest group, who has marched in the city for the last 11 days, have released a list of demands ahead of a meeting with Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James Craig on Tuesday.

Protest co-organizers Tristan Taylor and Nakia Wallace, who recently formed the organization Detroit Will Breathe, will meet with Duggan and Craig on Tuesday morning to discuss demands from the group who have been calling for an end to police brutality, among other things.

Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester

President Donald Trump ignited fresh controversy over his hard-line “law and order” push Tuesday by peddling yet another unfounded conspiracy theory, this time trying to raise suspicions about a 75-year-old protester who was hospitalized after being shoved by police and falling.

Accuracy of some coronavirus testing called into question

Health officials continue to emphasize the need for accurate testing to identify people infected by the coronavirus. But research is calling the accuracy of some tests into question.

Michigan Humane Society investigating suspected cockfighting

“We are here today investigating what we believe is suspected cockfighting,” said Elise Ramsey of the Michigan Humane Society.

The MHS and Detroit police served a search warrant at a home on Thaddius in southwest Detroit after they got a tip. The home is suspected of cockfighting breeding and being a training center.

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Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.