Protesters declare victory after Detroit police let them march without enforcing curfew

Protesters marched for 6th night in a row

Protesters declared victory on Wednesday night after Detroit police let them march without enforcing the city’s curfew.
Protesters declared victory on Wednesday night after Detroit police let them march without enforcing the city’s curfew.

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.

Watch another report on Wednesday night’s protests below:

Protesters declare victory after Detroit police allow them to march without enforcing curfew.
Protesters declare victory after Detroit police allow them to march without enforcing curfew.

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.

MORE: Mayor Mike Duggan’s message to Detroit as protests against police brutality continue

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.

Watch Larry Spruill’s report below:

Protesters rally outside Manoogian Mansion on Detroit's east side.
Protesters rally outside Manoogian Mansion on Detroit's east side.

READ: Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in George Floyd’s death

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.

Detroit police Chief James Craig speaks to press on June 3, 2020
Detroit police Chief James Craig speaks to press on June 3, 2020

“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.

READ: Detroit police rush protesters to make arrests Tuesday night after curfew

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.

MORE: Standoff between protesters, Detroit police ends in arrests for violating curfew

Watch coverage of protests across the country below:

Watch the report from Local 4 News at 6 below:

Protesters gather in Downtown Detroit on June 3, 2020
Protesters gather in Downtown Detroit on June 3, 2020

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