Metro Detroit activists say work is far from over as Derek Chauvin’s trial begins
DETROIT – Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killed George Floyd. After more than 100 days of protest over the summer in cities across Metro Detroit, activists said their work is far from done. “This is how we stand up in defense of our lives,” Wallace said. Activists said they’re prepared too. READ: Detroit Protests
DPD launches investigation into officers use of a chokehold on protester
DETROIT Police announced Sunday they have launched an investigation into the use of a choke hold on a protester. The investigation was in response of a photo of Detroit Will Breathe organizer Nakia Wallace being restrained with a chokehold Friday. Three officers took me to the ground and after I was already on the ground one, of them put me in a choke hold, Wallace recalled. William Meeko Williams was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer. The organization will hold a protest Monday outside the Detroit Detention Center to continue to call for his release.
Protesters hold mock trial in Hart Plaza
DETROIT There was a mock trial held in the middle of Downtown Detroit on Saturday. The Amphitheater at Hart Plaza became a courtroom of sorts, the leaders of the city were on trial. Protesters didnt march, no chants, just a couple hundred people met at Hart Plaza, quietly for a Public Tribunal against Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Mayor Mike Duggan. I respect the right of the protesters tonight to express their views on recent events, said Tristan Taylor with Detroit Will Breathe. Police Chief James E. CraigDetroit Police DepartmentClick here to read more about protests in Detroit.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- June 14, 2020
Detroit protest organizers Nakia Wallace and Tristian Taylor plan to question Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James Craig about a number of issues next Saturday. A shopping plaza on Mound Round in Sterling Heights was the scene of a homicide investigation and heavy police presence Saturday night. An Atlanta police officer was fired following the fatal shooting of a black man and another officer was placed on administrative duty, the police department announced early Sunday. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 59,801 as of Sunday morning, including 5,767 deaths, state officials report.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Tuesday, June 9, 2020
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. Whitmer spoke to Terrell Jermaine Starr. 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.
Detroit protest leaders list 11 demands ahead of meeting with mayor, police chief
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. The group has a larger list of demands, but will be prioritizing this list for the meeting today. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder. Other officers involved have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.