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Detroit police arrest anti-police brutality protesters

Detroit Free Press, used with permission

Day five of George Floyd protests in Detroit ended with a mass arrest of protesters.

In the week since Floyd died, as a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest, protests have spread across Michigan and the United States.

Chanting “We don’t back down to bullies in shields,” hundreds of protesters linked arms and continued marching past Detroit’s curfew.

Credit Detroit Free Press, used with permission
Detroit Free Press, used with permission
Protesters and Detroit police square off.

Police eventually moved in, cuffing protesters and taking them away.

Tuesday’s end was in contrast to what happened Monday night, when protesters ended their demonstration without clashing with police.

Police Chief James Craig says he would have preferred this would not have happened.

“Clearly I would like to have reported to you that it was a peaceful protest; there was compliance. But we had a curfew in effect,” Craig told reporters.

Credit Detroit Free Press, used with permission
Detroit Free Press, used with permission
Protesters have taken to Detroit's street for five days to honor the memory of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, and to protest police brutality.

Police in Kalamazoo also arrested protesters who violated that city’s curfew.  

Assistant Police Chief Vernon Coakley spoke with protest leaders after the curfew hour passed, even taking a knee with protesters. But the protesters ignored Coakley when he urged them to go home. 

Elsewhere in Michigan, there were peaceful protests, including in Saginaw and Flint.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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