The fourth night of Detroit’s protest against police brutality was the quietest, and ended with only 40 arrests, police said.
Of the arrests, 16 were Detroit, while the rest were from Metro Detroit, said Sergeant. Nicole Kirkwood, chief spokesman for the Detroit Police Department. Among the cities of Southeast Michigan represented in the arrests were Warren, Westland, Dearborn, Saline, Howell, and Eastpointe.
Detroit protest organizers gathered next to the parking lot of the Detroit Public Safety headquarters building.
In the last nights, groups held their demonstrations in the parking lot and along the grass in front of the police building. But on Monday, the fence line is fenced off and the parking gate is closed.
Some walked in groups, carrying American flags or signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and “Silence is Violence.” Others ride bicycles and chained dogs. The committee took turns talking, noting that they would head towards Vernor in southwest Detroit and had already planned another meeting and march for Tuesday.
What did not happen was the level of aggressive interaction between the police and the protesters that marked the previous protests, resulting in 80-plus arrests on Saturday and More than 100 arrests on Sunday.
Tensions even peaked on Friday, the first day of protest, when only “dozens” of people were arrested – so much so A 21-year-old Eastpointe man was shot dead in a commotion, while a Southfield man has been arrested and charged on charges try to run to the police with the vehicle.
The Detroit Police Department is still asking for public help to identify and find the shooter.
In the largest city in Oakland County, Troy, there are about “400 to 500” protesters, said Sergeant. Meghan Lehman, spokesman for the Troy Police Department.
A 68-year-old man from Troy was arrested after hitting a protester at the intersection of Big Beaver and Coolidge, Lehman said.
The police arrested him and will look for a very bad assault charge.
“The victim has no obvious injuries,” Lehman said. She is a 20-year-old West Bloomfield woman.
The police allowed protesters to occupy the road at one point, and control the flow of traffic.
“(The driver) decided not to wait, and apparently made a statement that he was trying to ‘push’ them,” Lehman said.
In the end, there was a small group who “refused to leave,” and the Troy police asked for mutual assistance if they needed help. But a compromise was reached: protesters would clear the way, and could continue to protest on the sidewalk.
“We cannot let the road be closed indefinitely,” Lehman said.
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