Detroit Will Breathe calls on Macomb County prosecutor to drop charges against protestors
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Detroit Will Breathe is calling on the Macomb County prosecutor to drop felony charges against five people arrested during a protest in October. “We are prepared to keep showing up and demanding accountability,” said Detroit Will Breathe organizer Sammie Lewis. Shelby Township police said they made arrests after marchers disobeyed orders to remain on the sidewalk and started blocking traffic. “At the end of the day, those who break the law should pay for their crimes, and those that don’t break the law will never get charged,” said Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido. Detroit Will Breathe said it was protesting in Shelby Township after Police Chief Robert Shelide posted inflammatory comments against Black Lives Matter protestors.
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.
Elected officials call for independent investigation into Detroit polices use of force against protestors
DETROIT Elected officials from the federal, state and local level sent a letter Wednesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig and the Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) calling for an independent investigation into use of force by Detroit police against protesters. The letter was signed by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Sen. Stephanie Chang, Detroit City Council President Pro Temp Mary Sheffield (District 5) and City Councilor Raquel Castaeda-Lpez (District 6). In addition to a duty to intervene when other officers are using excessive force, officers cannot use chokeholds or fire a weapon from moving vehicles. A lawsuit was filed by Detroit Will Breathe and 14 individuals, seeking a temporary restraining order enjoining the city of Detroit and the Detroit Police Department from using certain tactics. They alleged that police responded to protests with excessive force and violated their first and fourth amendment rights.
Detroit braces for third night of protests against police brutality
Violent George Floyd protests started Friday in downtown Detroit and continued Saturday. Only 6 of the women arrested were from Detroit. The Detroit Police Department has declared the second night of protests in downtown unlawful assembly, pointing out that crowds of hundreds refused to leave. Saturdays organized protest started around 5 p.m. near police headquarters. What started as a peaceful protest Saturday in Grand Rapids quickly became a riot that spanned until Sunday morning.
Cops arrest demonstrators in St. Louis as anti-police protests spread
Cops arrest demonstrators in St. Louis as anti-police protests spread Protestors in St. Louis plan to hold another mass rally Monday over last week's deadly shooting of a black teenager, Vonderrit Myers. This comes less than two months after the shooting death of Michael Brown. Norah O'Donnell reports.cbsnews.com