PHOTOS: Pro-Trump and anti-Trump protestors gather over possible indictment of former president
As we sit and wait to find out of former President Donald Trump will be arrested at some point over the next few days, pro-Trump and anti-Trump protestors have gathered around the country to let their voices be heard.
This is what abortion protests look like in Washington D.C. right now
The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century. The decision by the court’s conservative majority overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
This is what protests on the Roe v. Wade situation look like across the country
Protests have erupted all over the country after Politico released a leaked initial draft majority opinion indicating the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn two abortion-related cases, which would end federal protection of abortion rights.
Protesters defy court order to end blockade at Ambassador Bridge
An Ontario judge gave the protesters until 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 11) to clear the area or face being arrested. We are now four hours past that deadline, and the protesters haven’t gone anywhere. They’ve been told to leave by police who are on the scene.
Rick Wershe Jr. and others protest prison sentence of Metro Detroit dispensary owner
On Wednesday, supporters of Rudi Gammo, including Rick Wershe Jr., gathered outside the Oakland County courthouse. Gammo is charged with operating a city-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan back in 2018 before voters approved of legalizing adult use of marijuana.
‘Labels matter’ -- Michigan lawmakers push for stronger federal terrorism laws
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is once again taking the lead on domestic terrorism across the country. The Homeland Security subcommittee on terrorism -- led by former CIA analyst and Department of Defense official Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin -- argued the U.S. should shift its focus from foreign terrorism to domestic. “While external threats remain, the single greatest threat to our country right now is the threat of domestic terrorism and the tensions and polarization between us,” Slotkin said. AdSlotkin cited a new Homeland Security threat assessment that detailed that 2020 was a perfect storm for radical domestic groups. “Our government must send its own message back by labeling extremist violence as domestic terrorism.
Rally in Downtown Detroit calls for an end to hate against Asian Americans
DETROIT – A large group marched through the streets of Detroit, calling for an end to violence against the Asian American community Sunday. Six of those killed were Asian women. READ: As virus-era attacks on Asians rise, past victims look backAdDuring the pandemic, hate crimes against Asian Americans jumped nearly 150% with about 3,800 incidents reported. “As Asian American women, we wonder what are the places that are safe for us?”More than a hundred people showed up for the Stop Asian Hate vigil in Downtown Detroit. You can reach out by email or call the Hate Crimes Unit at 313-456-0200.
Michigan lawmakers join 7UP workers picketing in Redford
REDFORD, Mich. – For the 10th day in a row, 7UP workers picket outside the distribution center in Redford. Workers said they are on strike to fight a two-tier wage system and for a fair disciplinary process. “He worked for this company and he’s out here saying he’s never seen anything like this. “They’re not going to let their jobs get diminished. We’re not going to work for a second-tier wage.”Parent company Keurig Dr Pepper released the following statement regarding the strike:
U-M students, parents rally for in-person graduation
Parents and students gathered in Ann Arbor Saturday to preserve a big milestone at the University of Michigan. READ: ‘We’re coming no matter what’: Parents, students rally at U-M in Ann Arbor for an in-person graduationA rally was held to push U-M officials to hold an in-person graduation. The attendees of the rally chanted “Big House, big day, in-person graduation all the way,” in front of Michigan Union on State Street. RELATED: Some University of Michigan students and parents push for in-person commencementOther Big Ten universities -- including Michigan State University and Purdue University -- have announced they will do some sort of an in-person graduation, which is why these parents and students believe Michigan can find a way. However, some parents and students think the university can come up with a plan to do it now while the students are still on campus.
‘We’re coming no matter what’: Parents, students rally at U-M in Ann Arbor for an in-person graduation
Parents and students rally outside the Michigan Union on March 6, 2021, calling for an in-person Spring Commencement. ANN ARBOR – A group of University of Michigan parents and students gathered outside the Michigan Union on Saturday afternoon calling for the school to offer an in-person graduation. AdU-M parent and rally organizer Tammy Dahlstrom holds a sign on S. State Street in Ann Arbor on March 6, 2021. There’s no real reason why we can’t do it.”Dahlstrom said the group wants one graduation ceremony at Michigan Stadium, which could be smaller than normal years. Senior Claire DiFranco (right) rallies for an in-person gradution at University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus on March 6, 2021.
Residents protest KKK flag displayed in Grosse Pointe Park home facing Black neighbor
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – A steady flowing line of protesters Sunday circled their way around Wayburn Street in Grosse Pointe Park to clearly voice their disgust of an open display of racism. Their protest comes after a home displayed a red black and white Ku Klux Klan flag in window facing an African American woman’s home. Officials with the city of Grosse Pointe Park released the following statement:AdAt approximately 3:00pm Tuesday February 16th the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety was made aware of a Ku Klux Klan flag displayed in a window that faces the home of an African-American woman. The Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department serves all residents of our community no matter their race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or religion. City of Grosse Pointe ParkThe Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods branch of the NAACP released the following statement:
Ann Arbor students, parents rally at Skyline High School to demand return to hybrid learning
A high school student holds up a sign at a protest outside Skyline High School in Ann Arbor on Feb. 20, 2021. ANN ARBOR – Dozens of students and parents stood outside Skyline High School holding signs and giving speeches on Saturday, calling for the Ann Arbor Board of Education to continue with their original plans to return to school buildings beginning in March. AdAnn Arbor Public Schools students hold up signs at a rally to reopen schools at Skyline High School on Feb. 20, 2021. Skyline High School senior Eli Hendricks addresses a crowd of students and parents outside his school in Ann Arbor on Feb. 20, 2021. Signs posted outside Skyline High School's student entrance in Ann Arbor call for the return to hybrid learning.
Ann Arbor high school students to protest Saturday, demand return to schools
ANN ARBOR – High schoolers have organized a rally to take place at Skyline High School on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. calling for the return to in-person learning. The move comes days after the Ann Arbor School Board made a motion to direct Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift to recommend that the majority of students remain in a virtual setting for the rest of the year. Ad“I created a Google form asking Ann Arbor students to express how they feel about online school and if they want to go in person. Parent group Ann Arbor Reasonable Return raised over $30,000 in less than 24 hours to establish a political action committee against the Ann Arbor School Board over its quick motion to potentially change its return to school plan it laid out in January. AdRelated reading:Ann Arbor School Board will vote next week on plan to continue virtual learning through end of yearHundreds of physicians, psychologists call for Ann Arbor Public Schools to reopenParents call for schools to reopen at rally in downtown Ann Arbor
Detroit to dismiss some tickets issued during Floyd protests
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)Detroit will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city official said Tuesday. Most of the tickets written from May 31 through June 2 were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit. The city expects to dismiss 238 of the 245 tickets issued on those three days, Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said. Dozens of demonstrators received appearance citations for violating the city’s 8 p.m. curfew, Garcia said in a statement. Prosecutors in Los Angeles also decided not to charge thousands of protesters arrested for violating curfew and other police orders.
‘It’s an environment of hope’ -- Thousands protest in Detroit in support of Indian farmers
DETROIT – More than 1,000 Indian-American across Metro Detroit held a car rally Sunday in support of Indian farmers. The image of an elderly Sikh man being beaten by an Indian paramilitary officer has galvanized more support than any other. The protest in Detroit joined protests happening all around the world with residents fighting to protect their way of life on the other side of the world. “That’s what common people want.”“The way of life for so many families -- including mine -- is farming,” said Manvir Sandhu. “This shows democracy.”“It’s an environment of hope,” Manvir Sandhu said.
Nightside Report Jan. 17, 2021: Police outnumber protesters at Michigan Capitol, Wayne County to reschedule virus vaccinations amid supply shortage
At its busiest, close to two dozen armed protesters gathered, but they were significantly outnumbered by law enforcement. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said there was no violence and no arrests were made. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Still slippery with flurries, snow showers Sunday eveningSnow showers continue Sunday evening. So far, a trace to a half-inch of snow has fallen Sunday. Another trace to half-inch is possible overnight.
Residents gather to protest single mother, children evicted from Detroit home
DETROIT – Members of the Detroit Eviction Defense and Detroit Will Breathe peacefully demonstrated Saturday outside the Detroit Police Department’s 10th Precinct. The demonstration started at noon. The protesters called for justice and said Whitney Burney and her family were illegally evicted by their landlord in December with the help of Detroit police officers. Detroit police said the eviction should not have happened and the city is working to find a home for Burney and her four children. The driver of the Ford is expected to be OK, but the driver of the Chevrolet was critically injured.
Michigan Capitol on alert ahead of expected protest at noon Sunday
LANSING, Mich. – Government buildings in Lansing are boarded up in preparation of an expected armed protest at the state Capitol. In addition to heavy police presence the Michigan National Guard has been activated by Gov. The Lansing Police Department announced that there is an event planned for noon at the Michigan Capitol on Sunday, Jan. 17. Gen. Michael McDaniel, who served as the assistant general for Homeland Security, Michigan National Guard. Michigan State Police, working with the Michigan National Guard and FBI, says that have increased personnel and protective measures at the Capitol and in Downtown Lansing.
MSP increases Trooper patrols, protective measures in Lansing ahead of expected protests
LANSING, Mich. – Officials in Lansing are on high alert as new precautions are being taken ahead of expected protests Saturday and Sunday. After the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building that left five dead, Michigan State Police raised the number of troopers patrolling Lansing. We just ask you do it safely and you respect our city, respect our state Capitol,” said Lansing Police chief Daryl Green. Militia group advises members to avoid protest at Michigan CapitolMichigan State Police are preparing for a protest expected Sunday at the state Capitol. A group that had planned to protest is now telling its members to avoid the Capitol.
Militia group advises members to avoid protest at Michigan Capitol
Michigan State Police are preparing for a protest expected Sunday at the state Capitol. A group that had planned to protest is now telling its members to avoid the Capitol. READ: State to install 6-foot fence around Michigan Capitol building ahead of possible armed protestsREAD: ‘Michigan Capitol is not safe’: AG Dana Nessel warns new ban on firearms not sufficientMichael and Wendy Lackomar are part of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. Michael and Wendy said they are not sure if some of their militia will still go, but they think the protest may be calmer than expected. Michigan ‘prepared to respond accordingly’ if threat is made to state Capitol, Whitmer saysMembers of law enforcement are coordinating with the Michigan National Guard to make sure they’re prepared to respond to any sign of violence at the state Capitol, Gov.
‘Michigan Capitol is not safe’: AG Dana Nessel warns new ban on firearms not sufficient
LANSING, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 07: Armed Trump supporters take part in a demonstration at the Michigan State Capitol building on November 07, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. I repeat-the Michigan Capitol is not safe,” Nessel’s tweet series concluded. After months of delay the Michigan State Capitol Commission finally put their authority to use and voted in favor of banning the open-carry of firearms inside the State Capitol. Those with concealed weapon permits are still allowed to carry firearms (concealed) into the State Capitol. The Michigan State Capitol Commission must take the next step and ban ALL firearms inside the State Capitol.
Reports: FBI warns of possible armed protests at 50 state Capitols starting Jan. 16
FILE - Trump supporters use their cell phones to record events as they gather outside the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington as Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Many in the mob that ransacked the Capitol did so while livestreaming, posting on Facebook and taking selfies, turning the Capitol into a theater of real-time far-right propaganda. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)A memo from the FBI to law enforcement agencies across the United States is warning of possible armed protests at all 50 state Capitols starting Jan. 16, several outlets are reporting Monday. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider, whose jurisdiction covers a 34-county area including metropolitan Detroit, said investigators will review video footage and other evidence. Related: State capitols step up security amid new safety concerns
Trump tells Capitol mob to ‘Go home in peace’
President Donald Trump in a social media video addressing violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. President Trump posted a recorded video to social media on Wednesday telling the mob of people who stormed the U.S. Capitol to “go home in peace.”The President posted the video after President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation himself on live TV and called for Trump to do the same. Biden requested that Trump go on live TV to address the American people and to tell the angry crowd to leave the Capitol. Trump called it a fraudulent election while telling people to remain peaceful. The large group of supporters for Trump were rioting Wednesday at U.S. Capitol buildings in Washington D.C. as lawmakers are meeting to certify an election win for Joe Biden.
Protesters gather outside of Michigan health director’s home, demand state lifts COVID restrictions
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s health director says that protesters who gathered outside of his Lansing home on Tuesday night to decry the state’s coronavirus restrictions are wasting their time. Read more: Michigan COVID restrictions in effect through Dec. 20: What to knowMichigan’s extended epidemic order is currently scheduled to expire on Sunday, Dec. 20. In a live, public video posted to Facebook Tuesday, protesters can be heard singing Christmas carols and calling on Gordon to lift the state’s restrictions and reopen businesses. On Wednesday, the state of Michigan reported 4,037 new COVID-19 cases and 83 new deaths since Tuesday. The state has reported a total of 446,752 COVID-19 cases and 11,018 deaths since the pandemic began.
Hundreds rally in Canton in support of India farmers facing controversial legislation
CANTON, Mich. – Despite the cold weather and ongoing health crisis, on Saturday Metro Detroiters joined in on protests happening in several countries in support of Indian farmers. Hundreds of Indian-Americans from across Metro Detroit gathered in Heritage Park in Canton for a peaceful rally to show support for farmers. “There are farmers out there who need our help,” said Michigan Rep. Ranjeev Puri. Related: India farmers press on with protest despite offer to talkOne Michigan protester, Dr. Amanjot Sarao, comes from a long line of farmers. “I was shocked.”Protesters said they felt proud of their Metro Detroit neighbors for coming together and speaking up for those whose voices are being silenced in India.
Photos: This is what ‘stop the count’ protests look like across the country
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Trump supporters gather for a demonstration outside the TCF Center on Nov. 6, 2020 in Detroit. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Trump supporters gather for a demonstration outside the TCF Center on Nov. 6, 2020 in Detroit. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Supporters of President Trump hold signs and chant slogans during a protest outside the Philadelphia Convention Center. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Supporters of President Trump yell at a counter protester at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on Nov. 6, 2020 in Phoenix. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)
Shelby Township police arrest several people in protest march against racism, police brutality
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police arrested several people participating in a protest in Shelby Township. Demonstrators have held multiple protests in Shelby Township after Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide made racist comments about protests on social media. They were violating people.”Detroit Will Breathe reported a woman who was protesting was strip searched by the Shelby police. Detroit Will Breathe said protesters they marched to the Shelby Township Police Department for jail support -- to check on detainees, see if they post bail and have a lawyer -- where they said they were attacked by police. Shelby police said they would release its footage of the protest soon.
Protestors march in Detroit in response to decision in Breonna Taylor’s death
DETROIT – A group of more than 100 protestors gathered outside the Detroit Police Department headquarters Wednesday before marching through downtown Detroit, calling for justice in Breonna Taylor’s death. The protest came in response to the announcement that a Kentucky grand jury did not indict Louisville police on charges directly related to Taylor’s death and one of the officers was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. Detroit police monitored the protest from a distance. You can watch Tim Pamplin’s full story in the video above.
‘Unmask Our Athletes’ protesters gather in Lansing to rally against mask mandate in school sports
LANSING, Mich. – A rally was held in Michigan on Wednesday called “Unmask Our Athletes.”The supporters of the rally believe mandating that children and teens wear masks while playing sports is not just a nuisance, but also a danger to their health. Players are required to wear masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). READ: Metro Detroit high school football athletes, parents gear up for season with COVID-19 restrictions implementedThe organizer told Local 4 that they want their voices heard. And masks can decrease the risk,” McGeorge said. The rally participants said it should be up to the parents to decide if their children will wear masks or not.
Resident advisors end strike, reach deal with University of Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Resident advisors at the University of Michigan have ended their nearly two-week strike after reaching a deal with the university. Residential Staff members demanded more protections including regular access to testing for all residence staff, and enforcement of the university mask and social distancing mandates in dining and residence halls. We’d like to thank everyone that supported us during our strike, especially GEO, AFT, our regents, our LT, & everyone on campus that supported us. GEO members had been on strike since Tuesday, Sept. 8 calling on university leadership to ensure better protections from COVID-19 on campus. That strike ended on Thursday, Sept. 17 after a vote from GEO members the previous evening.
University of Michigan graduate students accept school’s latest offer, end strike
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Members of the Graduate Employee’s Organization (GEO) voted Wednesday to accept the University of Michigan’s latest offer regarding issues of mutual concern and end their strike. The university and GEO union announced the strike end Thursday morning. “GEO said its members would return to their duties beginning this morning,” reads a statement from the university. At our largest general membership meeting to date, 1,074 GEO members voted to accept the university’s offer, 239 members voted to reject, and 66 abstained. GEO members and supporters now return to our regular work duties.
Striking University of Michigan students hold press conference, elaborate on anti-policing demands
Maren Spolum and Dr. Hannah Maier from Public Health will speak on the public health implications of GEO's demands. pic.twitter.com/qcTi6pZ3Ns — GEO at U-Michigan (@geo3550) September 16, 2020U-M postdoctoral research fellow in Epidemiology Hannah Maier and public health doctoral student Maren Spolum each spoke on the public health implications of GEO’s demands. She discussed how policing is related to public health and how data from DPSS supports GEO’s demand to disarm police on campus. Addressing the U-M’s claim that some demands are not bargaining items, GEO member Sasha Bishop went over each of GEO’s anti-policing demands. Bishop elaborated on why the student unions' demands address the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Undergraduates protest, march in support of striking University of Michigan students
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Friday, undergraduate students at the University of Michigan voiced support for graduate students and resident advisors on strike through a solidarity protest and march. More than 250 undergraduates and members of Students Demand Representation, a U-M student activist organization, listened to speeches given from the steps of the Michigan Union about labor unions and the safety of university workers. After the speeches, undergraduate students marched through downtown Ann Arbor and across campus to join those on strike and to support U-M Dining employees who staged a walkout last week. On Monday afternoon, University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel said through video that the university has taken legal action against the strike. According to University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald, the move includes a “temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the union strike.”More University of Michigan strike coverage:
Residents of Detroit’s Indian Village neighborhood rally to change name
DETROIT – Residents of a historic east side Detroit neighborhood rallied to change it’s name Saturday. Indian Village residents gathered to discuss changing the name. Jared Tenbrink, a member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, has lived in the neighborhood for almost a decade. “We should consider coming up with a new name that better reflects our values, our history and what we want this neighborhood to be going forward as an inclusive neighborhood,” Tenbrink said. Residents said they’ll have to get a petition signed by residents to send to the city.
How dare we not vote? Black voters organize after DC march
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)WASHINGTON Tears streamed down Brooke Morelands face as she watched tens of thousands gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to decry systemic racism and demand racial justice in the wake of several police killings of Black Americans. Im going to do all that I can to encourage, promote, to mobilize and whats at stake is the future of our nation, our planet. Im going to hold these elected officials that are in office now accountable and Im going to vote in November and hold those same people accountable. That was clear as the Movement for Black Lives also marked its own historic event Friday a virtual Black National Convention that featured several speakers discussing pressing issues such as climate change, economic empowerment and the need for electoral justice. I do think voting and recognizing what an election should be is a way to kind of exercise that muscle.
Residents on Detroits east side protest homeless center
DETROIT Some residents on Detroits east side came together to protest a homeless shelter in their community. They said that all you have to do is look around and see whats been done to the community because of the local resource for the homeless. No more trash in our streets, no more garbage out in the street, Reverend Aaron McCarthy said. Community members said that Team Wellness Center, a shelter and safe haven for the homeless, is hurting their community. Local 4 reached out to Team Wellness Center for comment.
Dozens tear-gassed, arrested on Woodward Avenue amid Downtown Detroit protest
DETROIT – More than 40 protesters were taken into custody Saturday night as they blocked off Woodward Avenue between John R. Street and Grand River Avenue. About 100 people gathered on Woodward Avenue in a protest against “Operation Legend” -- an initiative established to address increasing gun and gang violence in cities across the U.S., including in Detroit. The group Detroit Will Breathe has expressed their opposition to the initiative, which brings additional federal agents to Detroit and other participating U.S. cities. Saturday night’s protest in Downtown Detroit went smoothly, for the most part, until about midnight. A Detroit Police Department spokesperson said half of the people arrested were not from the city of Detroit.
42 arrested during Detroit protest against increased presence of federal agents
DETROIT – Several people were arrested during a protest against Operation Legend on Saturday night in Downtown Detroit. According to the Detroit Police Department, a total of 42 protesters were arrested. The group Detroit Will Breathe organized the protest to speak out against federal agents who were sent by President Donald Trump’s administration to assist with increasing gun violence. Detroit Will Breathe is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. today outside Detroit Police Headquarters to discuss last night’s protest and police response. Operation Legend in Detroit
Rally held to protect Post Office in Royal Oak
ROYAL OAK, Mich. From Washington to Royal Oak -- people rallied to demand Congress do something to protect the Post Office. People from all over Metro Detroit protested in Royal Oak Saturday. They said not only is the Post Office essential for democracy in November, but also to their every day lives. Postal Service operations and send $25 billion to shore up the agency ahead of the November election. Read: Post Office Confessionals
MLive reporter arrested at ‘Proud Boys’ rally in Kalamazoo, posts show
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – An MLive reporter was arrested while covering a rally that turned violent in Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon, according to reports online. Members of the far-right group “Proud Boys” reportedly clashed with counter-protesters during a scheduled demonstration in the area of E. Water and N. Edward streets, WOOD-TV reports. (Language warning) Far-right group Proud Boys and counter-protesters meet in downtown Kalamazoo. Proud Boys are attacking counter protesters, spraying pepper spray. The Proud Boys have largely cleared out, overwhelmed by counter-protesters.
Nurses union pickets over contract negotiations at Ascension Rochester
The OPEIU Local 40 Nurses Union were out Sunday at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. They were picketing over what they call bad-faith negotiations and accused the hospital of union busting, putting financial pressure on nurses by not deducting dues. The union said its been almost a year since contract negotiations started. Ascension released the following statement:We respect the right of Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 40 to hold an informational picket. As with any event of this kind, the safety and security of our patients, visitors, associates, physicians and picketers is our first priority.
Protesters gather at Trenton City Hall to reject McLouth Steel zoning changes
TRENTON, Mich. Its another chapter of the ongoing battle on what to do with the McLouth Steel Site, Downriver in Trenton. About two dozen people protested outside Trenton City Hall Sunday afternoon voicing their concerns against what they said is a decision that will harm the future of Trenton. RELATED: Defending the EnvironmentMany neighbors said theyre against a proposal recommending the citys waterfront property to industrial use. The former Steel Site is now owned by Crown Enterprises which is a subsidiary of the Moroun Family. Trenton City Council is supposed to vote on the topic Monday night at 7 p.m.
Harper Woods Mayor Kenneth Poynter turns in letter of resignation amid controversy
HARPER WOODS, Mich. – The mayor of Harper Woods, Kenneth Poynter, has turned in a letter of resignation. Protests have been taking place in Harper Woods over the death of 37-year-old Priscilla Slater. Slater was found unresponsive inside a holding cell on June 10 in Harper Woods. READ: Protesters demand answers in Priscilla Slater’s death at Harper Woods mayor’s homeThe city manager had asked Poynter to resign after the mayor came under criticism for making controversial comments. Key witness says he saw Priscilla Slater during shooting before she died in Harper Woods cellREAD: Harper Woods personnel on administrative leave after woman dies in police custody
Tense night in Shelby Township as protesters are confronted by police, counter protesters
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Another tense night in Shelby Township as protesters stood outside township offices and marched. In recent weeks there have been a handful of counter protesters, people who support the Shelby Township Police Department and president Donald Trump. Shelby Township police made it clear to protesters that they would not tolerate anyone in the street stopping traffic. The protests were centered around Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide’s conduct. READ: More Shelby Township protest coverage
Protest held outside Childrens Village in Oakland County demanding the release of Grace
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. An overnight protest is underway outside Childrens Village in Oakland County where dozens are demanding the release of a 15-year-old called Grace.She is the girl who has made national headlines after being placed in juvenile custody for probation violations, the terms of which included having to finish her school work. READ: Judge keeps 15-year-old in juvenile detention, says case goes beyond not doing homeworkJudge Mary Ellen Brennan said the case goes beyond unfinished homework and its about repeated violations and the need to finish counseling programs. The judge said the teen would be better served staying inside the center for troubled kids. There were about 100 protesters outside the facility on Wednesday night. The defense in the case has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals.
Rev. W.J. Rideout arrested after protesting in Shelby Township
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A well-known activist was arrested on Wednesday night in Shelby Township. Rideout was arrested in connection with Monday’s protest outside the police station. Rideout and dozens of other protesters blocked the intersection of 23 Mile Road and Van Dyke. They were calling for police chief Robert Shelide to be fired for social media comments he made about the George Floyd protests. READ: Protesters gather in Shelby Township after police chief Robert Shelide’s suspension endsRideout was taken into custody on a warrant for failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer.
19 arrested during Detroit summer school protest today
DETROIT Police arrested 19 people Thursday morning during a protest of Detroit summer school classes being held during the coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/ml4Lmc7NyO Chuck Jackson (@NewsDeskChuck) July 23, 2020Happening now - #Detroit police have moved in to start arresting the protestors that are blocking DPSCD summer school buses from picking up kids. Related: Detroits in-person summer school classes can continue with virus testingThat means testing all 630 students in a tight time frame. The suit was seeking to sop summer school and first went before the judge on Friday. More: Inside Detroit summer school classrooms during pandemicMore: Share your thoughts, concerns about return to in-person learning
Protesters gather in Shelby Township after police chief Robert Shelide’s suspension ends
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide is back on the job after being suspended for comments he made on social media about the George Floyd protests. Shelide returned to work on Friday and protesters showed up on Monday in opposition. At one point, protesters shut down a major intersection. On Monday, protesters marched up and down Van Dyke. The march culminated at Van Dyke and 23 Mile Road, where protesters shut the intersection down.
Protesters gather in Shelby Township after police chief Robert Shelide’s suspension ends
Protesters gather in Shelby Township after police chief Robert Shelide’s suspension endsPublished: July 20, 2020, 11:16 pmShelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide is back on the job after being suspended for comments he made on social media about the George Floyd protests.
Fight over in-person summer school in Detroit heads to court
DETROIT After days of protests that ended in arrests on Thursday, the fight over in-person summer classes in Detroit is headed to court. A decision Friday, if its made, could stop summer school in Detroit amid the coronavirus pandemic. Summer school in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) began Monday. It seeks to sop summer school. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the district is following all CDC guidelines and stresses summer school is completely voluntary.
Detroit police arrest protesters blocking buses from picking up kids for summer school
DETROIT Police have arrested protesters who were blocking buses from picking up children for summer school classes on Thursday in Detroit. This time protesters were blocking buses at a yard in the 12600 block of Westwood Street near Evergreen Road and I-96 on the citys west side. After the arrests, school buses were able to leave the bus garage to go pick up kids for summer school. In-person summer school is being offered at 25 facilities. More: First day of in-person summer school in Detroit interrupted by protesters concerned about virus
Free Grace -- Oakland County judge sends teen to juvenile detention over school work
BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. A teenage girl was sent back to juvenile detention for not completing her homework and protesters are calling it racial discrimination. The controversy centers around a Wylie E. Groves High School student who got caught up in the juvenile justice system. A judge decided the teen, named Grace, violated her probation by not completing online schoolwork and sent her to juvenile detention. I know if Grace was a 15-year-old White girl she would not be sitting in juvenile detention right now, said Sheri Crawley. Then she broke down when she heard Oakland County Family Court presiding judge Mary Ellen Brennan sent Grace to juvenile detention for violating her probation by not finishing her online school work.
Police arrest 11 in protest blocking school buses in Detroit
DETROIT Nearly a dozen protesters were arrested for blocking school buses from picking up children for summer school classes on Thursday in Detroit. Protesters were blocking buses at a yard in the 12600 block of Westwood Street near Evergreen Road and I-96 on the citys west side. All this following an attempt to block driver from busing children to school in the midst of the pandemic. In-person summer school is being offered at 25 facilities. After the arrests, school buses were able to leave the bus garage to go pick up kids for summer school.
Protesters block Detroit schools bus garage for 2nd day of in-person summer classes
Published: July 14, 2020, 6:50 am Updated: July 14, 2020, 7:04 amDETROIT – Protesters are blocking a Detroit Public Schools Community District bus garage for a second day in a row. Dozens of people are protesting in-person summer school being offered in the district. They feel it is unsafe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The protesters are at Greenfield Road near Joy Road on Detroit’s west side. On Monday, 20 percent of students missed their bus due to the protests.
Employees pressure Ford to stop producing police vehicles
Some employees are asking the automaker to stop building and selling police vehicles. First reported Wednesday by automotive website Jalopnik, as many as 100 Ford employees called for the automaker to stop making vehicles for police departments. In the letter, employees cite images of officers in Ford police vehicles driving through crowds of protestors and deploying chemical agents. Employees told Ford executives, We are long overdue to think and act differently on our role in racism.The auto giant has produced vehicles used by law enforcement since the 1950s. In response, Ford CEO Jim Hackett and President Bill Ford said Black Lives Matter and they are reviewing the companys diversity, but sales of police vehicles will continue.
Protesters push to remove statue of George Custer in Monroe
MONROE, Mich. Protesters are pushing for the removal of the statue of General George Custer. Across the country, statues have been removed. READ: While Confederate statues come down, other symbols targetedAll of us feel like if this (the statue) is up then we have no justice, we have no peace at all, honestly. It feels like its a threat to us, honestly. Like, why is this up, praising this guy when we have no justice for our colors, said one Monroe woman.
Americans support Black-owned businesses on Blackout Day 2020
Tuesday has been designated as Blackout Day, which is a call to action and day of solidarity. The goal is for people to only spend money at black-owned businesses. the concept of Black Out Day is simple, support and buy black, I think right now, whats going on in the nation is really a fight for equality. I think the way were going to get to an equal level playing field is equality and equity and economic power, said Karamoko. Click here to view a list of Black-owned businesses in the Metro Detroit area.
Protests against police chief, trustee escalate in Shelby Township
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Protests took a turn in Shelby Township when people calling for the firing of the city’s police chief were met by counter protesters. Protesters gathered in front of Shelby Township Municipal Offices to call for the firing of police chief Robert Shelide and trustee John Vermeulen. READ: Opposing protesters face-off in Shelby TownshipThe fence immediately got trampled down. It led to some heated exchanges with counter protesters. Including, an incident where a man shoved a bottle of water in a young woman’s face and then she punched him.