DETROIT – Protesters declared victory Wednesday night after Detroit police let them march without enforcing the city’s curfew.
Wednesday marked the sixth night of protests in Detroit against police brutality in the name of George Floyd.
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Floyd was killed when an officer, who was caught on video, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck. That officer, Derek Chauvin, is now facing a second-degree murder charge.
The three other officers at the scene — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four were fired last week.
Protesters also rallied outside of the Manoogian Mansion. That protest was specific to the city’s curfew. Protesters said the city’s curfew violated their rights.
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A curfew for the city of Detroit went into effect at 8 p.m. and lasts until 5 a.m. On Tuesday night, protesters and Detroit police were in a standoff that led to many protesters being arrested for violating curfew.
At 8:30 p.m. Detroit police Chief James Craig spoke to the press and said that he was going to let the protest continue.
“This is a day of celebration,” Craig said. “I support these young people. They’re peaceful.”
Detroit City Councilperson Mary Sheffield was at the protest on Wednesday, marching with demonstrators.
“A blanket city-wide curfew, I think, at some point it needs to be lifted,” Sheffield said. “There is peaceful protest happening.”
She said what she saw yesterday made her feel like she could not stay home on Wednesday night.
At 8:40 p.m. protesters continued to march in Detroit. There appeared to be around 400-500 protesters in the crowd.
Watch Jason Colthorp’s report below:
Protesters remained peaceful and held their ground until police began making arrests around 8:45 p.m.
Watch coverage of protests across the country below:
- Protest in Detroit ends peacefully without arrests, violence
- Fourth night of protests against police brutality in Detroit ends peacefully
- What Detroit police are doing to keep protests peaceful
- Demonstrators defy Detroit curfew amid third day of Downtown protests
Watch the report from Local 4 News at 6 below: