Detroit protests: 7th night of demonstrations ends peacefully

Protests held in the name of George Floyd

Thursday marks the seventh night of protests in Detroit against police brutality in the name of George Floyd.

DETROIT – Thursday marked the seventh night of protests in Detroit against police brutality in the name of George Floyd, and for the second night in a row the protest ended peacefully.

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 on Wednesday with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four were fired last week.

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

The protest on Thursday began at 4 p.m. and continued into the evening.

Police officers who were at the protest were not in riot gear.

At 8:42 p.m. protesters made it clear that they intend to march again on Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey made an appearance at the protest.

Just before 9 p.m. protesters began to head home. The protest appeared to have ended peacefully without injuries or arrests.

Watch Jason Colthorp’s report below:

A curfew for the city of Detroit went into effect at 8 p.m. and lasts until 5 a.m. Protesters declared victory Wednesday night after Detroit police let them march without enforcing the city’s curfew.

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

Watch the report from Local 4 News at 6 below:

Protesters gather in Downtown Detroit on June 4, 2020

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