Nightcam’s Tim Pamplin reflects on the week of covering Windsor blockade
I have to hand it to you, Windsor. Sure, Canada has a reputation of being friendly and welcoming. Having covered the Windsor blockade since its inception last Monday when a half dozen or so drivers took a stand on Huron Church Rd.
Report: Fake overseas accounts driving ‘trucker convoy’ momentum online
The “truck convoy” protests that have overtaken Ottawa and Windsor this week are gaining similar momentum with U.S. anti-vaccination groups, but many of the social media accounts associated are from overseas and are not real, according to a report from NBC News.
Live Updates: Day 5 of US-Canada border trucker blockade; Ontario declares emergency
As demonstrations by truck drivers protesting Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate stretch into its fifth day, wreaking havoc at the US-Canada border, Windsor officials are hoping a court gives them the power to physically remove protestors.
Ambassador Bridge worker alarmed by sudden closure: ‘It’s like a ghost town’
As the Ambassador Bridge closure stretches into its fourth day, workers at the bridge share their concerns over what’s happening. The emptiness of the Ambassador Bridge is startling, to say the least, as they are empty to some degree.
Live Updates: Day 4 of trucker protests at US-Canada border; Michigan Gov. calls for end
As demonstrations by truck drivers protesting Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate stretches into its fourth day, it’s disrupting Michigan’s economy, including the automotive industry, manufacturing, agriculture and more, according to the governor.
NYT details Michigan GOP’s involvement with militia groups, empathy for insurrectionists
(AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)DETROIT – A New York Times article published Tuesday details Michigan GOP leader Mike Shirkey’s involvement with militia groups and his empathy for insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol. Allied Itself With Militants,” offers an inside look at how involved Michigan GOP leaders were in coordinating with militia groups through various protests in 2020, leading up to the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January. Next time tell them not to bring guns,” complained Mike Shirkey, the State Senate majority leader, according to one of the protest organizers. AdThe NYT also reports that Shirkey held a meeting with militia groups in his office to establish a “code of conduct.”“Do you tell your people to make sure that there’s not a live round in a chamber? You can read the full, in-depth New York Times article right here.
Judge dismisses charges against 6 hair stylists at Michigan protest
Barbers and hair stylists are protesting the state's stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflects how salons have become a symbol for small businesses that are eager to reopen two months after the COVID-19 pandemic began. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)LANSING, Mich. – A judge dismissed disorderly conduct charges Monday against six hair stylists who were ticketed last spring during a protest at the Michigan Capitol. The women were cutting hair to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's decision to keep barber shops and salons closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many barbers and hair stylists emerged as activists in Michigan, inspired by the defiance of Karl Manke, a barber in Owosso, who dared state authorities to shut him down.
Majority of misdemeanor tickets issued for curfew violations during demonstrations in Detroit dismissed
DETROIT – A majority of misdemeanor tickets issued during two nights of demonstrations in Detroit have been dismissed, according to officials. The tickets were issued while Detroit was under a curfew that required people to stay off city streets after 8 p.m. unless they were going to the doctor, drug store or grocery store. After a review, a majority of misdemeanor tickets issued on May 31 and June 2 will be dismissed. In light of that review, the Law Department is dismissing the majority of misdemeanor tickets issued on May 31 and June 2. Although certain cases from these two dates will be pursued, the City believes it is best to dismiss the vast majority of citations.
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.
With law enforcement at the ready, only a few dozen protesters gather at Michigan Capitol
LANSING, Mich. – Things were calm at the Capitol Building in Lansing Sunday. At its busiest, close to two dozen armed protesters gathered, but they were significantly outnumbered by police and National Guard. RELATED: Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified US capitolsLansing Mayor Andy Schor said there was no violence and no arrests were made. Timothy Teagan, who has attended protests in Michigan and other states, was armed with a rifle, cigarettes and beef jerky. More: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’
Michigan Capitol braces for Sunday protests: Follow updates
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan law enforcement agencies are on high alert for expected armed protests at the Capitol in Lansing starting on Sunday. Michigan State Police, working with the Michigan National Guard and the FBI, have stepped up security around the Capitol and in surrounding areas, like Downtown Lansing. The FBI warned that armed protests are planned at all 50 state capitols leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration -- with protests expected Sunday in Michigan’s capital city. The Lansing Capitol Building will be closed over the weekend, and lawmakers will not be in session, amid the expected protests. More: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’Follow updates from Local 4 reporters in Lansing below:
MSP, FBI, National Guard prepare for armed protests, potential violence in Lansing
READ: Michigan AG asserts Lansing Capitol is unsafe as expected armed protest loomsThings were calm at the Capitol in Lansing Saturday night. Authorities installed six-foot barriers around the Capitol Building in preparation of armed protests Sunday. “I’m feeling much better regarding the events this weekend,” Nessel said. Michigan State Police troopers -- joined with members of the National Guard and Lansing police -- are ready for anything and everything. More: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’
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 AG asserts Lansing Capitol is unsafe as expected armed protest looms
W/O metal detectors, the law enf agencies charged with security are virtually helpless to prevent such an incident. The Michigan AG alluded Friday that the lack of metal detectors may be due to beliefs that they “infringe” upon people’s rights. “The Capitol is not safe.”Just after the insurrection in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, Michigan’s Capitol Building was closed due to a threat. pic.twitter.com/AgA7uJvl54 — Mallory McMorrow (@MalloryMcMorrow) January 7, 2021The Michigan State Capitol is once again closed due to an outside threat. — Darrin Camilleri (@darrincamilleri) January 7, 2021Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is urging everyone to avoid the Downtown area as expected protests loom this weekend.
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.
‘We will be prepared’: Security tightens around state Capitol amid threat of protests
LANSING, Mich. – Increased security measures have been put in place at the state Capitol building to prepare for expected armed protests starting this weekend. 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. READ: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’A chain-link fence has gone up around the Capitol building. Across the street from the Capitol, where the governor’s office is, the windows have been boarded up. Michigan State Police Col. Joseph Gasper wouldn’t give specifics about a lot of the security plan that’s in place, but did issue a warning.
Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)LANSING, Mich. – Law enforcement agencies across Michigan are stepping up security measures at the Capitol and in surrounding areas to prepare for expected armed protests starting this weekend. 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. The Lansing Police Department announced that there is an event planned for noon at the Michigan Capitol on Sunday, Jan. 17. “I can assure you that we take our responsibility for safeguarding the Capitol and those who work and visit here seriously and, together with our law enforcement partners, we will be prepared to ensure law and order.”On Friday, Michigan Gov. The FBI has warned local law enforcement agencies in all 50 states of possible armed protests at state Capitol buildings starting this weekend.
Washtenaw County law enforcement, Rep. Debbie Dingell release joint statement ahead of presidential inauguration
ANN ARBOR – Rep. Debbie Dingell and police departments across Washtenaw County have released a joint statement about community safety ahead of Inauguration Day. Although the group said no imminent threat within the county leading up to the inauguration has been reported, officials said they are working closely with their state and federal colleagues to ensure the community remains safe. “Together, we have been monitoring the activities related to the attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C. and the subsequent fallout leading to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration,” read the statement. Ahead of expected armed protests this weekend at Michigan’s Capitol, Michigan State Police, the Michigan National Guard and the FBI now have an increased presence at the building and throughout downtown Lansing. To see the full statement, click here.
State capitals across the nation prepare for protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration
LANSING, Mich. – All this week state capitals across the country have been preparing for expected protests ahead of the inauguration. On Friday morning a 6-foot fence will be built around the Michigan Capitol Building. State to install 6-foot fence around Michigan Capitol building ahead of possible armed protestsThe state of Michigan is planning to install a six-foot tall fence around the Capitol building due to the possibility of armed protests, Capitol Commissioner John Truscott said. The fencing will be installed Friday before potential weekend protests, according to the state. On Monday, the Michigan State Capitol Commission unanimously voted to ban the open carry of guns from inside the Michigan Capitol, effective immediately.
How to talk to your children about the deadly siege on the US Capitol Building
The riots in Washington, D.C. Wednesday that left five people dead were scary and unsettling to watch for many people across the nation. Let them know that what they see on screen does not necessarily reflect the real life that’s going on around them. Experts said if you’re a parent who agrees with what happened then it’s important to be candid. The bottom line is that it’s an ongoing dialogue and a parent is the most important source of information for a child. Reports: FBI warns of possible armed protests at 50 state Capitols starting Jan. 16A 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.
Deadly siege on US Capitol Building reignites gun debate in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – The riots in Washington, D.C. Wednesday that left five people dead has reignited debates over whether guns should be allowed inside Michigan’s Capitol Building. READ: FBI, Michigan federal prosecutor seek tips in deadly siege on US Capitol BuildingWith the new legislative session starting in days, security of the Capitol will likely take center stage. It’s impossible to come to work when you are under that constant threat,” Lasinski said. Security experts are now viewing that event as a potential practice run for those who stormed the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday. “There should be no weapons of any kind in our Capitol,” Lasinski said.
Violent Pro-Trump rioters storm US Capitol: Follow live coverage
A Capitol police officer looks out of a broken window as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. At about 2:15 p.m., the U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown as groups breached the Capitol steps. 6 p.m. update: Officials declare Capitol ‘secure’ nearly 4 hours after violent pro-Trump occupiers disrupted electoral count. DC Police just reported that 4 people died as Trump supporters occupied Capitol; 1 woman shot by police, 3 in medical emergencies. The police chief of Washington, D.C., says pro-Trump rioters deployed “chemical irritants” on police in order to break into the U.S. Capitol.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer, former Gov. Snyder call for unity amid riots in Washington
Violence, vandalism, and insurrection have no place in this great country of ours. We are a nation of laws, not mobs,” Whitmer said. “While we come from different backgrounds and political parties, Governor Whitmer and I share a deep love for our country,” Snyder said. That’s why I join with Governor Whitmer in calling on people of goodwill across America to pray for peace, calm, and healing.”“Now is the time to put this election behind us once and for all,” Whitmer added. As Americans, there is no problem we can’t solve, and no challenge we can’t meet.
Gov. Whitmer reflects on 2020 in Michigan: COVID-19, protests, dam failures, domestic terror plot
Gretchen Whitmer is reflecting on 2020, touching on the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan roads, the economic crisis, dam failures, a domestic terror plot and protests over racial injustice. “As I think about 2020, the phrase annus horribilis comes to mind, which means a horrible year. But it wasn’t all horrible, cause some really good things happened this year and there are sources of inspiration no matter where you look,” Whitmer said. In this video, Whitmer goes all the way back to the first cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, which were confirmed March 10. It covers the domestic terror plot targeting Whitmer and ends with a look ahead to 2021.
Crowds gather to support election results in Detroit, denounce them in Lansing
It was another weekend of President Donald Trump supporters protesting against the election results. "We don’t feel that the election is fair.”Although a slightly smaller crowd in Downtown Detroit, Biden supporters had a different message. Luiz, with the group ‘Trump/Pence Out Now,’ said Trump claiming election fraud is causing more harm than good. Recently, several lawsuits claiming election fraud on behalf of Donald Trump were thrown out in several states, including Michigan. Biden supporters said it’s time to move on.
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.
Detroit Lions QB Stafford in blog: ‘Police brutality, white privilege, racism - it’s all real. It’s time we stop pretending'
DETROIT – Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is typically pretty quiet outside of the game of football. But when it comes to racism and police brutality, he feels the need to speak up. It’s time we stop pretending, or defending, or just closing our eyes to what’s right in front of us. “If you’re being silent, you’re OK with it,” Detroit safety Duron Harmon said. "You’re OK with what’s happening.
Michigan AG: Woman used unnecessary force against Washtenaw County deputy, not other way around
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has cleared a Washtenaw County deputy involved in a rough arrest that led to days of protests. A deputy with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office was accused of striking a woman at a shooting scene three times in her head. The allegations sparked charges of racism and police brutality and led to four days of protests against the department. Nessel said her office would review any allegations of police misconduct and brutality, and investigation revealed the woman making the claims, Sha’Teina Grady, was the person using force against the deputy, according to authorities. Grady inflicted severe injuries on the deputy after she was asked to stop interfering with their investigation, officials said.
Rosa Parks' Detroit home displayed in Italy as US race tensions rise
NAPLES – The run-down, paint-chipped Detroit house where U.S. civil rights icon Rosa Parks took refuge after her historic bus boycott is going on display in Italy in a setting that couldn’t be more incongruous: the imposing central courtyard of the Royal Palace in Naples. It’s the latest stop for the house in a years-long saga that began when Parks’ niece saved the tiny two-story home from demolition in Detroit after the 2008 financial crisis. The family says Parks, who died in 2005, lived there with 17 other relatives. But now, “instead of being rejected by the walls of the royal palace, it’s embraced and protected by these walls,” he said. “Potentially thanks to the showing of the house in this way, America will allow the house to have a home.”___Winfield reported from Rome.
Poll: Michigan voters support Black Lives Matter movement, oppose defund the police
Michigan voters support the Black Lives Matter movement, but are skeptical of the call to defund the police, according to a new WDIV/Detroit News poll. According to the poll, about 58 percent of Michigan voters support the Black Lives Matter movement, with 42 percent strongly supporting it. Party Affiliation Support Oppose Strong Democratic 92.7% 5.0% Lean Democratic 83.4% 7.1% Independent 49.5% 32.1% Lean Republican 30.2% 58.5% Strong Republican 19.3% 70.2%About 94 percent of Black voters support the Black Live Matter movement, while 50.6 percent of white voters support it, according to the WDIV/Detroit News poll. Defund the police lacks support, but voters open to shifting fundsMichigan voters sharply oppose a move to defund the police. Only 17.9 percent of voters support efforts to defund the police while 75.3 percent oppose the efforts. Despite the opposition, Michigan voters support efforts to shift some funding for police to other areas that might fight crime.
Demonstrators celebrate federal judge’s ruling on 100th day of protesting in Detroit
DETROIT – Saturday’s march in Detroit isn’t just the 100th day of protesting, it’s also the first demonstration since a federal judge gave Detroit Will Breathe a temporary restraining order that forbid police from using teargas or batons on the peaceful protesters. At least 500 people were on the move Saturday in what they called a celebration of the judge’s ruling. The group celebrated with a silver balloon outside Detroit Police Headquarters where, just two weeks ago, DPD fired teargas and made arrests to disperse a crowd. Federal judge Laurie Michelson viewed teargas and batons as excessive force and Detroit Will Breathe leader, Tristan Taylor, views the decision as a partial victory. RELATED: Judge temporarily bars Detroit police from using certain tactics against protesters
Demonstrators celebrate federal judge’s ruling on 100th day of protesting in Detroit
Demonstrators celebrate federal judge’s ruling on 100th day of protesting in DetroitPublished: September 5, 2020, 11:11 pmSaturday’s march in Detroit isn’t just the 100th day of protesting, it’s also the first demonstration since a federal judge gave Detroit Will Breathe a temporary restraining order that forbid police from using teargas or batons on the peaceful protesters.
Detroit Will Breathe to hold rally in celebration of federal judge’s order on police tactics
DETROIT – Detroit Will Breathe is holding a celebratory rally at 6 p.m. outside Detroit Police Headquarters in response to a federal judge’s order issued Friday that temporarily bars police from using certain tactics against protesters. The judge’s order bans police from using tear gas, batons, rubber bullets and shields against protesters. The restraining order was issued after Detroit Will Breathe filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Detroit Police Department for excessive use of force. So they pulled the federal agents back in Portland and the riots continued,” he said. “The federal agents are in Detroit to do one thing and one thing only, to work with this department, which we’ve worked with federal agents for 26-years,” he said.
Unions threaten work stoppages amid calls for racial justice
Ahead of Labor Day, major U.S. labor unions say they are considering work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amid calls for concrete measures that address racial injustice. Are we in conversation with our members and the national labor movement about how we escalate our tactics to stop fascism and win justice? Martin Luther King Jr. and Rep. John Lewis and was organized by A. Philip Randolph, a Black icon of the labor movement. That connection has only intensified because of the importance of workers of color, particularly African Americans, in the labor movement, Sugrue said.
Changes to Detroit Police Departments use of force policy includes banning chokeholds
DETROIT The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners announced new rules for police officers, one of which includes no more chokeholds. The changes come 10 days after 44 violent arrests of protesters in Detroit. I just remember this dush, dush, dush of them kneeing my hand. 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. I dont think they care about the rules, Naya said.
Prominent Detroit protester shifts focus to starting nonprofit organization
DETROIT – A prominent protester in the city of Detroit has stopped lending her voice to protests and has instead shifted her focus to starting a nonprofit organization. For the first seven days of protests in Detroit, everyone involved got to know the voice of Gabrielle Wilson. But she’s no longer protesting because she thinks she can have more of an impact by creating a nonprofit organization for middle class Black families. “I am one of them.”Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Wilson got his attention during the protests. Local 4 has heard from other protesters who have stopped because more aggressive groups pushed them to the side, criticizing them for wanting peaceful protests.
Prominent Detroit protester shifts focus to starting nonprofit organization
Prominent Detroit protester shifts focus to starting nonprofit organizationPublished: September 1, 2020, 5:26 pmA prominent protester in the city of Detroit has stopped lending her voice to protests and has instead shifted her focus to starting a nonprofit organization.
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.
Right-wing group Proud Boys, counter-protesters clash in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Members of the far-right Proud Boys group and counter-protesters clashed violently Saturday afternoon in western Michigan, resulting in arrests, police said. Counter-protesters staged their own event in the area at the same time as the rally that the Proud Boys had planned, according to local media reports. When the Proud Boys arrived, the confrontation ensued. A reporter for MLive.com, who was detained by police while recording live on Facebook, reported that some of the Proud Boys also used pepper spray on people. The male-only Proud Boys has been called extremist by the Anti-Defamation League and described as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Looking back on the Watts Riots, 55 years later: In photos
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Its going to spread, -- Teachers protest return-to-school plans in Lansing
LANSING A group of Michigan educators took to the lawn of the Capitol Building in Lansing on Thursday to protest the states return-to-school plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thursdays protest was about the online learning teachers want instead of in-person learning, and so they have been very serious about their social distancing. Knowing that Detroits superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, is pushing hard for in-person learning, she sees more practical problems. RELATED: What will it take for Michigan schools to go back to in-person learning? Gretchen Whitmer reveals plan for schools to return to in-person learning this fall
Michigan teachers to protest return-to-school in Lansing: What theyre demanding
LANSING Michigans largest teacher union is holding a rally in Lansing on Thursday to protest the states return-to-school plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. More on why theyre rallying, from MI Core:When Governor Whitmer suspended in-person school instruction in March, there were only a few dozen cases in Michigan. Gretchen Whitmer reveals plan for schools to return to in-person learning this fallMI Core represents more than 1,000 educators across the state. Many school districts in Michigan have already moved to a fully-remote start to the school year, or have offered the option to parents. Updated: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicCoronavirus resources:
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.
In pictures: Protestors rally in Ann Arbor against police brutality; use of federal agents
ANN ARBOR Protestors and visitors to Ann Arbor gathered in front of the Federal Building on Saturday to protest against the use of unidentified federal agents and police brutality. (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)Protestors listened to speakers discuss police reform, the use of federal agents, fascism, racism and of upholding their beliefs. Protestors marched through downtown Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Our Streets" while marching in downtown Ann Arbor. The "Protest to Stop Federal Arrests" was held in front of the Federal Building at 200 E. Liberty St. (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)
Detroit robotics teacher takes charge to keep protest calm
DETROIT Stephanie Broddie is a teacher, a life long Detroiter and someone who cares deeply about her community. She barely stands five feet tall, but she managed to keep a protest peaceful with just her presence. My uncle used to work at that precinct, so all I can think is Are you guys serious? Broddie isnt used to being in the spotlight, but she regularly gives back to the community. She teaches robotics and other STEM based programs to children in Detroit.
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.
Detroit police resources stretched thin after 8 weeks of protests
DETROIT There has been a lot going on in Detroit over the last couple of months, from COVID, protests, to now the string of violence. Chief Craig said they are handling it all, but he has to be honest, its a lot. Eight whole weeks, said Chief James Craig with Detroit Police. READ: Detroit ProtestsThats how many weeks there have been of nightly protests against police brutality. No they come out of the neighborhood police stations.Larry: Chief Craig, Having the adequate resources to mandate these protests and the crime thats going on here in Detroit, is that stretching your resources?
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.
Shelby Township police chief returns to work after social media posts spark protests
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. READ: Shelby Township trustees vote to suspend police chief after anti-protest tweetsOn Monday, Shelide went to work and several protesters showed up to voice their opposition to that. Shelide was suspended in June, he was ordered to go 30 days without pay and was ordered to go to cultural and sensitivity training. READ: Opposing protesters face-off in Shelby TownshipShelide had a personal Twitter account where he posted inflammatory statements regarding the civil unrest around the country. The township supervisor said that the Tweets were unprofessional and could be considered racially insensitive and derogatory.
Detroit officer charged in rubber pellet shooting of photojournalists covering George Floyd protest
DETROIT Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Detroit Police Corporal Daniel Debono, 32, in connection with a shooting involving three photojournalists and non-fatal ammunition. The photojournalists were targeted in late May while covering a Detroit George Floyd protest. Journalists from other local media outlets including The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press were met with aggression while covering the protests. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan apologized to local journalists who were targeted by police while covering the protests. After reports surfaced of reporters being targeted Duggan vowed to make adjustments to use every opportunity to keep them safe.
9-year-old girl stranded on the way to school in Detroit after bus delayed
DETROIT Nearly a dozen arrests of people protesting in-person summer school allegedly disrupted the bus schedule on Thursday. It led to some students caught in the rain and a 9-year-old girl left alone for more than a half an hour in a west side neighborhood. In order to get to her school Taylor Davis is picked up near her home and minutes later transfers to another bus at Dixon Elementary. Davis was left stranded and stood in the rain for almost 40 minutes, alone. READ: Police arrest 11 in protest blocking school buses in DetroitWatch the video above for the full report
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.
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.
Brother of Hakim Littleton speaks out, wants meeting with Detroit city officials
Hakim Littleton’s older brother, Rashad Littleton-Schaefer, spoke out against what he calls a crime before a group of protesters organized by Detroit Will Breathe. “I want Chief James Craig to stop lying because he’s not making any sense. Police chief James Craig spoke on the matter Saturday morning where it was stated that he still stands behind his officers and their decision to pull the trigger. It certainly was a threat to that of his own life and that of his partners,” said Chief James Craig. “I really wanna meet with James Craig, the mayor of Detroit by next week.
Brother of Hakim Littleton wants meeting with Detroit city officials after deadly shooting
Brother of Hakim Littleton wants meeting with Detroit city officials after deadly shootingPublished: July 11, 2020, 11:14 pmThe brother of Hakim Littleton said he wants to meet with Detroit mayor Mike Duggan and police chief James Craig.
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.
‘Detroit Will Breathe’ reacts to body cam footage of Hakim Littleton’s death
DETROIT – Protests in response to a fatal officer-involved shooting Friday resulted in the arrests of eight people. People gathered at the site hours after 20-year-old Hakim Littleton was shot and killed on Detroit’s west side. During a Friday evening press conference, the Detroit Police Department released body camera footage of the incident to combat rumors on social media that police killed an unarmed teenager. Detroit Will Breathe released a statement Saturday criticizing Detroit police’s decision to have officers in riot gear in response to demonstrators who marched Friday. Detroit Will Breathe said it should be standard that footage of officer-involved shootings be released the day of the incident, as well as the names and records of officers involved.
8 arrests made in Friday protest over shooting death of 20-year-old
DETROIT – A total of eight arrests were made Friday during a protest over the shooting death of 20-year-old Hakim Littleton, according to the Detroit Police Department. The victim was shot and killed by police Friday afternoon. Large crowds filled the streets hours later demanding answers and protesting. Graphic video of the shooting showed Littleton firing shots at officers. Detroit Police Chief James Craig made an appearance on Local 4 News Saturday morning where he answered questions about the shooting.
Graphic video of fatal shooting released by DPD to combat rumors on social media
Graphic video of fatal shooting released by DPD to combat rumors on social mediaPublished: July 10, 2020, 11:16 pmBody camera footage shows Littleton firing twice at the advancing officer, missing both times. The officer didn’t flinch and attempted to tackle Littleton before he was fired upon by other officers. Craig described the officer as an American hero.
Detroit police release body camera footage of fatal officer-involved shooting
DETROIT – A protest prompted by an officer involved shooting attracted large crowds in Detroit Friday. According to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, officers were looking for a person involved in a Fourth of July shooting that left five people hurt and three others dead. Video of the shooting shown at the press conference showed Littleton was armed with a 25 caliber blue steel semi automatic pistol. He also noted that a group was present at the scene of the shooting and threw rocks and bottles at officers. I commend Chief Craig for moving so quickly to release the video publicly,” said Duggan in the statement.
Graphic video of fatal shooting released by DPD to combat rumors on social media
DETROIT Protests broke out across Detroit after 20-year-old Hakim Littleton was shot and killed just after 12:30 p.m. by police. An angry crowd gathered and marched on the 12th Precinct after rumors of Detroit police gunning down an unarmed man spread like wildfire. That evening, police chief James Craig released video that showed Littleton fire on officers first. Littleton was killed almost instantly when officers fired at him. All Friday afternoon, social media posts popped up that claimed none of that happened, that Littleton was unarmed and killed by police execution style.
Protesters march on Detroit Police 12th Precinct following deadly shooting
DETROIT Protests broke out across Detroit after 20-year-old Hakim Littleton was shot and killed just after 12:30 p.m. by police. An angry crowd gathered and marched on the 12th Precinct after rumors of Detroit police gunning down an unarmed man spread like wildfire. Eventually the rally would come to a halt at Detroit Police Departments 12th Precinct, where protesters came face-to-face with a much larger group of police -- however, this interaction was much more peaceful. Todays shooting incident involving the tragic death of young Mr. Hakim Littleton by a Detroit Police officer is indeed heartbreaking. We are also very pleased that none of the officers involved in the incident were seriously injured nor did it result in a fatality among their ranks.