Pain, strength and agitation underlie Detroit protests against police brutality

Detroit protesters

Demonstrators in downtown Detroit protest police brutality Friday evening. (Photo by Stephen McGee for BridgeDetroit)

The death of George Floyd, the beating of Sha’Teina Grady El in Washtenaw County, mass incarceration and rampant coronavirus infection in prisons brought thousands to Detroit on Friday evening to underscore the value of black life and protest police brutality. 

Throughout the night and early Saturday morning, the heart of Detroit sporadically boiled over with violence.

The peaceful March Against Police Brutality late Friday afternoon was followed by physical attacks between police and protesters on the streets of the Corktown area around 6 p.m. and continued in various pockets of downtown until at least 1:30 a.m. Saturday. 

 

The Metro Detroit Political Action Network was a main organizer of the event in front of the Detroit Police headquarters. Police handed out masks to participants. Like many social media posts, the initial mood was celebratory.

“Look how serious Detroit is about standing up against police brutality. This is amazing folks,” says the unnamed narrator of a Facebook Live post. It showed what appeared to be several thousands gathering in front of police headquarters on the western edge of downtown.

The group called the event a success as it ended the planned portion of the event. “Our demonstration is wrap, and it was an incredible, organic experience. We want to thank all of our amazing speakers, volunteers and everyone who came out to the demonstration,” a Facebook post reads. It warns of potential trouble. “We received word some folks split off from our event and ran into issues with DPD. We aren't sure of the details at this time, as it was not a component of our demonstration, and do not want to misinform.”

Detroiter Lauren Hood was among hundreds there. She said the event was a healthy way to express solidarity and deal with the complex emotions sparked by police shootings. “I wanted to be around people who felt like I felt,” Hood said. “I had a little bit of displaced anger and I didn’t know what to do with it, some frustration, some sadness and I thought I could find some solidarity in folks that were marching. 

Detroit protests

Demonstrators in downtown Detroit protest police brutality Friday evening. (Photo by Stephen McGee for BridgeDetroit)

Being a native Detroiter and seeing so many newcomers; like it’s palpable when I’m in places and I don’t feel safe,” Hood said. “But in this crowd, there were Muslim folks, there were LatinX folks, there were white folks and I felt safe because everyone was chanting Black lives matter.”

Hood, who is in her late 40s, said she felt like one of “the oldest people there.” 

Detroit hip-hop artist Icewear Vezzo used some of the imagery of the march for a video of his song called “No More Pain,” which he posted during the march. 

Detroiter Amaraa Harris, 25, described the gathering as peaceful until the crowd arrived in Corktown. She said she arrived downtown at 4:30 p.m. but left before dark.  

“I joined the protest at Lafayette street, people were gathering and chanting — burning sage,” said Harris. “It was a diverse demographic and all about unity.

“There was a nice long line of protesters but when we got to Corktown things slowed down – there was a heavy police presence. That was when the group began to split up and things felt tense. There were more angry white people than there were angry Black people, which I found interesting.”

There was a nice long line of protesters but when we got to Corktown things slowed down — there was a heavy police presence. That was when the group began to split up and things felt tense.” — Amaraa Harris

Some felt the need to confront the police, including a young, black man who had a tense verbal exchange with a black Detroit police captain. 

Around 6 p.m, a crowd of at least several hundred people ended up on Michigan Avenue in the Corktown area, where violence erupted. There were also reports of protesters moving southbound without incident. 

As day turned to night, various parts of downtown including the Riverwalk, Jefferson Avenue and other parts of the city, there were multiple flashpoints.

Around 11:30 p.m, as a line of police slowly pushed back protesters down Randolph street, a fatal shooting occurred. Police say the victim was a  21-year-old man from Eastpointe. This video from a local Fox News reporter shows police rushing from the protest to aid the victim on the sidewalk. 

More than 60 were arrested, most of them nonresidents of the city, Detroit Police said Saturday.

"We know that the individuals from outside the city of Detroit who converged at the protest location don't represent this city," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said during a Friday night news conference. "I'm just asking for all Detroiters to continue to support us. Let's peacefully protest."

That narrative that non-Detroiters were the main instigators gained traction on social media by Saturday morning. Michigan State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, D-Livonia, took aim at white protesters who participated in the violence. "To the white people who took part in vandalism in Detroit last night after the peaceful protest was over: YOU are part of the problem,” reads part of her tweet.

Rodney Watkins, 26, learned of the protest from a former Macomb County high school classmate. Watkins, who is Black, grew up in Detroit and said he believed “the vast majority of protesters were not from Detroit.” Watkins also said the feeling of the protest changed as it got later.

Everybody vs. racism

Rodney Watkins, left, attended the protest in Detroit on Saturday with Alex Jacobson. The two friends have known each other since high school in Macomb County and discuss racial disparities often, Watkins said. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Watkins)

“There were people in the crowd who kept trying to agitate, and others who were like ‘Hey, chill out, we’re not trying to start a riot right now’,” said Watkins. 

“This protest was needed to show our disdain and disgust that the system allows the killing of black and brown bodies without there being any accountability. I love that everyone was standing with us.” 

Detroit resident Stephen McGee, a professional filmmaker and photographer, documented the events from the start of the march and part of the Corktown scene. One of his Instagram posts shows empathy for both protesters and police. 

”People have to get their anger out. Cops did great. The message needs to be heard,” McGee wrote. “I wish I would’ve got a photograph of what I feel could be translated to frustration when a police officer jumped out of a car and yelled something like ‘We are on the same team.” That was after his car was struck multiple times and many windows broken. The officer was black. Shortly after that I saw two officers walking in the crowd and there were discussions whether to hit them, and, then defenses of saying they were on ‘our side.” 

The two officers were not attacked.

Kobe Mongo, 20, was near Cadillac Square in Detroit at 11 p.m. when the protests turned violent. He described the situation as “tense” and said many of the people who were downtown at that time “weren’t there to protest.”

“It was a lot of white kids from Birmingham, I heard even people from Ohio were out there and they were riding on scooters,” said Mongo. “Everybody that was around me was drinking. Some people thought it was a party or something like that.”


Olivia Lewis contributed to this report.

Protesters in 2020

The Metro Detroit Political Action Network was a main organizer of the event in front of Detroit police headquarters, where officers handed out masks to participants. The initial mood was celebratory. (Photo by Stephen McGee for BridgeDetroit)

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Anonymous
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 9:03pm

Also, what does John James have to say about COVID19 adversely affecting African Americans, 14% of the population, 40% of the deaths, voter suppression, social injustice, healthcare disparities, lack of healthy food, water shutoffs, lead pipes, lead paint, lack of affordable daycare, reliable public transit, etc.?

My intelligence...
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 3:43am

And what do the Democrat Governor, AG, and mayor of Detroit (who deserve all of the blame) say about it? I've long surmised that Democrat's lost their minds after 2016. I've now come to the conclusion they never had minds to begin with...

Anonymous
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 3:50pm

They aren't running for office.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 4:10am

John James is an African American running for US Senate. We have a right to know his thoughts on excessive force by police against African Americans.

Matt
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:06am

I bet he's in favor of prosecuting those responsible for killing Mr. Floyd? The mixing of various unrelated issues and attempting to make them all because of racism is leftist simplistic nonsense and the reason Mr. James hasn't jumped on that train.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:36pm

"I bet he's in favor of prosecuting those responsible for killing Mr. Floyd?" What does that mean?

Matt
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:41am

Just a guess ... He's against it.

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:22am

Why do you have to guess?

Terri
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 6:20pm

Are you serious? Of course anyone with an ounce of humanity understands that what happened to Mr. Floyd is jacked up. What kills me is that my fellow michiganders don't see how we are being played. Wake up.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:37pm

Who is playing us? The president?

Don
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:53am

First Mike Duggan IS NOT a Democrat he is a closet republican>> AND why it is the democrats fault after 25 years of Michigan government being controlled by anti-American republicans????

Lloyd Powers
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 1:32pm

Is it really this hard? An all Democratic Minneapolis city council, a Democrat mayor of Minneapolis, a Democratic state representative of that area, a Democratic US Representative who represents that area, two Democratic US Senators, a Democratic state AG, a Democratic Governor.... and yet the GOP is to blame? Open your eyes- the party totally in power in that area put on place the system that you say is wrong. Wake up!

Lloyd Christmas
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 6:20pm

Your logic is flawed on several levels. First, your link does not provide evidence that 'Trump blamed Obama', and it is unclear in your post what Trump blamed Obama for, so that first sentence is just a mess of poor logical reasoning. And your link to that editorial does not actually have any supporting evidence to support the claim that 'Trump foments violence'- that argument is flawed on many many levels. For example, race riots and urban violence happened before Trump was even born so to suggest that he is the cause of it is laughable. And 'heated rhetoric' did not cause the latest riots- Trump's 'heated rhetoric' has been around for three years now and we haven't had any riots yet- it is plainly evident that what caused the latest bout of violence was the death of Floyd.

Start using your mind and putting together coherent thoughts, and then maybe you'll realize that you are the problem. Your bitter and divisive and hateful rhetoric is the problem. Your unthinking support for politicians and policies which are causing the violence is the problem. Your voting support for the very politicians who are running the cities with the most violence is the problem. You are the problem, not President Trump.

middle of the mit
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:06am

Oh please.

Those who kneel during the National Anthem are what?

Thugs? Anti-American? Hate the flag and the Country?

Protesting peacefully?

What did you think about Philando Castile? Oogle it.

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:23am

Good Morning America, what is left of it.

Trump comes out from his bunker to declare his support for protesters in the rose garden, then orders the US military to attack peaceful protesters with violence and tear gas so he can pose holding a Holy Bible in front of a church where the peaceful protesters gathered.
"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." James Waterman Wise, Jr.

JK
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 8:19am

Is John James receiving money from the GOP republicans? The party seems to not support African Americans with Trump in charge of the party. Trump with his apparent white supremacist view seem counter to this candidate? How does John James answer to this party? Lots of questions around this GOP that has left the middle class African and Latino Americans behind as well as immigrants. It would be nice to see a national program to eradicate what happened in Minn. there is a call to end this now and forever. Perhaps a candidate may step forward and get fair treatment now and end police practices that do not work. The police must be protectors of liberty.

Anonymous
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 3:53pm

As an African American running for US Senate, I want to know what John James has to say about the protests and the riots. Bridge should interview him because I didn't see that he addressed any of these things in campaign materials or twitter feed.

Don
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:55am

You are slipping you forgot to balm Obama and Hillary!!!

Carole
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 11:33am

The killing of a human being in Minneapolis never should have happened. It is inconceivable that those who have supervised the police officer who killed someone on purpose and for no reason were not aware that this cop was a loose cannon. He should have been given a desk job or fired years ago based on the many complaints against him. Killing someone who tried to use a $20 bill to buy something that a clerk thought was counterfeit was the stupidest thing I have heard of in a long time.

10x25mm
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 5:36pm

No social distancing, sporadic mask usage, image of Adolf Hitler on a protester's T Shirt in Detroit, Grand Rapids in flames. Our ace Governor prattles on about speaking truth to power.

Madame Governor, I still bitterly resent your deceitful comments after Operation Gridlock in Lansing. Some of your constituents have memories which extend beyond 45 days.

Anonymous
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 5:49pm

Do you have the same anger against Trump? He is currently hiding in the white house! Not coming forward asking for calm and peace but instead using Twitter to ag on the violence. Our Governor has done an amazing job and shows what true leadership is.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:42pm

He's hiding in a bunker, UNDER the White House.

Katie
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 7:45pm

I notice she is not concerned about the spread of the virus with the protests in Detroit and other cities. Why governor do you not care anymore?

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 3:16pm

You notice incorrectly.

Ben W. Washburn
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:36pm

What's the most important thing to say here? If the only issue is police brutality, I would point you to Malcolm Gladwell's most recent and relevant book: Talking to Strangers, in which he informatively addresses problems in police training, in the context of racial profiling.
But, much of the commentary from protesters is more about the continuing divide between white and black everyday prospects. And, that's a whole different issue, because, somehow solve the policing issue, will do nothing to solve the other great divide.
I've had recent conflicts with mainly white folks who support addressing these broader notions of white privilege as being the continuing main problem. I've been one of the guys in the trenches on these issues. I don't think that the main problem is changing the minds of most Americans. I think they are already there. The real problem is a nuts and bolts problem of how do you organize an everyday way to bridge the void. And no one is seriously addressing that issue.
More and more, lower-income African-Americans have become more and more isolated from job opportunities. The previous tactic was to improve public transit to bridge that gap. With covid-19, taking the bus with hundreds of others has become more and more a threat.
Obviously, this will lead to a bigger and bigger gap.
Here's what I propose as a MICRO-MEANS to bridge this gap:
The main problem is getting people reliably to the job every day. For the last 40 years, these job opportunities have been with small businesses, and not with the top 500. For these small businesses, getting to work on time every day is crucial. It is not the case that most of these small businesses hate African-Americans. It is the case that they absolutely must have folks who show up every day on-time. So, the real issue is: what can be done to deal with this need.
What I suggest is that potential workers from within one compact area, be organized to seek and do jobs within some other compact area. This would enable workers to ride-share using their own cars.
Who could organize these kinds of efforts? Churches and neighborhood associations on the one hand, and suburban business networks on the other.
I think that most real Americans are ready to lean-in and make these kinds of arrangements real. I don't think that you have to waste anymore time in trying to change the overall mindset. Just get down to the nuts and bolts means of really making something good happen.

Matt
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:35am

Some of the tech companies took it upon themselves to run their own microbus services to ferry their employees back and forth. I'm not sure whether this was sucessful and continues on or whether the riders would be any more comfortable with these or private vehicles than with public transportation. Nor if the evidence of the variance in income/opportunities is explained just by lack of transportation, but experiments are always good.

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:25am

That way they can be "selective".

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:22am

Or everyone can be paid a fair wage to afford basic transportation options equally.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 4:22am

John James has spoken, from the inside of his car with emotional words...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSsVNcW4_34
He calls on us to be inspired by the Bible.

Meanwhile this sheriff in Flint WALKS with the protesters and shows empathy the way Jesus did.
https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2020/may/31/these-cops-love-you...

The contrast is stark, two Christians, two people with law enforcement backgrounds, one is a leader the other looks weak.

All our leaders Democrats and Republicans should be marching in the streets with the protesters, starting with the President. He should be sending love, not bullets and weapons we have never seen.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 3:17pm

Instead Trump is hiding in a bunker tweeting.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 6:21pm

I think he's out of the bunker now, because you are now triggered by the phone call he recently had calling for stronger law enforcement. Or you're triggered by him golfing. Or you're triggered by him being in a bunker for a couple minutes. It's tough to keep track of what triggers you or keep track of any coherence to your arguments and beliefs.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:46pm

People are saying he's playing mini golf in the bunker and BTW he's cheating.

middle of the mit
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:11am

Were you triggered before Trump by Oblame-o golfing?

Yeah.

I am that guy.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:49pm

James looks so pathetic in his car.

Mary Sue
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:36pm

The above post about John James post was disingenuous at best. Anonymous took an older post by John James and tried to pass it off as current post in order to try to make a political point. Meanwhile, there was a current post by John James on this issue that Anonymous ignored because it didn't fit his narrative. If any of you read and believed the above post, I fear that you were misled, and the conclusions that you may have reached about John James therefore may not be correct. Please visit his twitter page yourself if you want to verify what he wrote, and in the future push back against those who would tell lies in order to advance a partisan narrative.

Biden 2020
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 5:04am

Joe Biden went out to talk with and listen to the protesters. Trump is hiding in his bunker while Washington burns.

Bones
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:51am

Biden was also the guy who repeatedly bragged about being tougher on crime than Nixon, was a key architect of mass incarceration, and supported segragation. Forgive me for doubting his capacity or genuine intent to solve these issues

LOL
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 3:19pm

"What have you got to lose?" Right? Four more years of madness and death!

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:48pm

Yep, hard NO to THAT!

Dobby Joe
Tue, 06/09/2020 - 9:12am

The Beer Hall Putsch, also known as the Munich Putsch, was a failed coup d'état by the German National Socialist leader Adolf Hitler. Hitler and his Storm Troopers set about causing chaos and destruction for years and grew increasingly bold in their demonstrations and their attempts to provoke violence. They began to destroy more property and hold more riots in an attempt to destabilize the political system and then use that chaos to accumulate power. Hitler then promised to bring order to the very system that he had helped destabilize.

Castro did much of the same thing in Cuba. His revolutionary forces caused madness and death for years in their attempt to overthrow the government, and eventually the people came to see that the only way to end the madness- the impeachments, the sham investigations, the crazy accusations of foreign influence, the riots, the looting, the destruction of churches, etc- was to allow the groups causing this destruction to have more power.

These tricks are not new and not original. We all know the playbook. Communists and fascists and anarchists cause destruction and chaos and then promise that if they get in power they'll end it.

But this is America- land of the free and home of the brave. Your scare tactics and attempts to frighten us into giving you Democrats more power will fail. Americans will fight for freedom, liberty, property rights, and law- and thankfully there are a couple Republican politicians still brave enough to fight for those ideas too.

Reap what you sow
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 5:20am

President Trump called to "liberate" Michigan. He encouraged armed protesters to descend on our capitol. He rushed to open the economy. He denigrated science and scientists. He scoffed at taking precautions. He lied again and again about everything, for almost four years.

Now Americans say liberate the USA, while the president is hiding in the basement of the WH.

Where is the leadership? Rather than showing empathy and deescalating the situation, He thinks he shows more strength by threatening use of more excessive force.

Former Republican
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:29am

True, Americans have had enough of Trump. That's why they impeached him, but the minority GOP party gerrymandered to control the Senate refused to remove him from office.

Imagine
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 5:38am

Imagine how much better our country would have been if Republicans voted on impeachment like Romney did.

LOL
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:50pm

No problem. Trump will be in his bunker for the rest of his term. What a wimp!

Lloyd Christmas
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 2:25pm

Careful. You’re supposed to be hiding the fact that this is another Beer Hall Putsch attempt by the fascists to overthrow the government.

Rick Raisen
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 9:47am

Does anyone know who delivered the bricks downtown? There is growing evidence (lots of video and pictures) that mysterious pallets of bricks have been delivered to major riot hotspots- including Detroit, in what may be evidence that organized groups are using the George Floyd protests to incite chaos and terrorism throughout the US. Of course what happened to George Floyd was wrong- anytime anyone dies of any skin color it's wrong- but it looks like some group is co-opting the anger and frustration of this event for their own purpose, which is evil and nefarious. There were pallets of bricks that were delivered to Detroit over the last couple days and put on the sidewalks- does anyone know what company or organization delivered them?

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:24am

Maybe you just made up the whole story?

Bricks?
Wed, 06/03/2020 - 12:10pm

Where did this conspiracy theory originate?

Never Trumper
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 9:55am

This is a complicated matter, but rather than calming people, Trump is making things worse.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w7kwtLJtVc&feature=emb_logo
Not all Republicans support Trump.

What leaders hide in bunkers from their own constituents? Think about that from an historical perspective in Germany.

Matt
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:40am

Does it appear to anyone else that many of the comments here are made by the same person? using different names?

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:53pm

Why don't people see that Trump is great?

Matt's Mom
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:32am

Yes, "Bobby Joe" and "Governor Whitmer..." posted the same thing. Good catch!

Valarie Tell
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:37pm

Yeah, someone keeps posting fake news about John James. Sad.

Bobby Joe
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 2:00pm

Governor Whitmer's response was so typical. "These protests, they do undermine the effort, and it's very clearly a political statement that is playing out where people are coming together from across the state, they are congregating, they're not wearing masks, they are not staying six feet apart, and then they go back home into communities and the risk of perpetuating the spread of COVID-19 is real," she said on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday. "While I respect people's right to dissent, they need to do it in a way that is responsible and does not put others at risk."

Whitmer went on to say that she had then called up Vice President Pence and asked said ""if discouraging protests is something you could consider doing, I'd really be grateful."

Typical Whitmer response.

Governor Whitme...
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 2:02pm

"These protests, you know, in a perverse way, make it likelier that we're going to have to stay in a stay-home posture," Governor Whitmer said. "The whole point of them, supposedly, is that they don't want to be doing that. And that's why I'm asking that everyone with the platform, call on people to do the right thing."

"These have been really political rallies where people... are calling for violence. This is not appropriate in a global pandemic but it's certainly not an exercise of democratic principles where we have free speech," she said. "This is calls to violence. This is racist and misogynistic."

Jim Pearson
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 6:24pm

Great points- I think this post clearly establishes his desire for law and order and explains why he was so upset in his phone call to Governor's today. He made the same points in the phone call- about how he wanted Governor's and mayors to be stronger in their response to rioting and arson and looting- so that there would be more order and other nations would not see us as weak. President Trump is consistent, coherent, and making correct points- thank you so much for this great post which reminded us of that!

LOL
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:54pm

How's that going?

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:56pm

Hey, Jim, Trump was hiding in a bunker criticizing the governors.

middle of the mit
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:16am

If this is the actual case, then why did he call those who were kneeling during the National Anthem un-American and thugs?

Duterte style
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:35am

By that, it sounds like you mean authoritarian "law and order".

Wondering
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:27am

Then why does Trump look so weak and clueless, like a deer in the headlights?

Bobby Joe
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 8:34pm

Liberal Democrat shuts down his state. African-American loses his job and becomes desperate. Republicans fight to open the state and let this person go back to work. Progressive Democrats fight hard to keep the African-American gentleman out of work and ramp up the fear and despair. Republicans try to put in place reasonable policies, but Democrats fight tooth and nail to keep all power- and the African-American gentleman stays out of work. Desperate because of Democrat policies, the man turns to crime, and then a police department run top-to-bottom by Democrats abuses him.

It's Trump's fault.

middle of the mit
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:19am

Could you provide proof that police departments are run by Democrats?

I would LOVE to see that.

I call BS
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:37am

Nice try, but no one buys it. Keep trying. Send some of your ideas to Trump's bunker.

Anonymous
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:34pm

Serious question: Are we under martial law?

middle of the mit
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 1:29am

I am not black. That may not be a surprise to anyone. But I am sick of this.

I thought with Trayvon Martin we would see something. A 17 year old that was running away from a 33 year old man. Stranger danger and all. But what did I hear? What would you do if a 17 year old jumped on top of you?

Most of my friends aren't afraid of their friends kids. And they don't go around attacking them. That is what happened. Yet excuses were made.

I thought with Philando Castile that something would jar their brain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Philando_Castile

A black man, mistaken for someone who broke the law, but a law abiding person with a concealed carry permit. SHOT DOWN on camera for telling the police he was a LEGAL concealed carry permit owner who lived in an area that you would think even those open carriers would admit they would want to open carry in.

nothing. shhh. they don't want to talk about it.

The President then vilified those who took a knee at football games respectfully, as Anti American and thugs.

Then Black lives matter was vilified and we were told that All lives matter. And Blue lives matter.

And while I don't deny what police go through.......because I don't know.............I really don't. But I have seen police do things that I didn't think they were going to do, both good and bad.

If we want this fixed, there is only one way to do it. If Detroit and other city developers want their tax abatements, they have to invest in the inner city also, not just around the interstate highways. They are only relying on PUBLIC infrastructure at that point...aren't they?

Maybe.....ask the developer to invest in an inner city grocery store and hire someone in that city to run it? Crazy idea.....huh?

Maybe ask the developer to hire some of the locals in the "hood" to fix up or tear down the houses in their "hood". Just as long as the developer isn't trying to Gentrify the "hood".

BUILD IT UP!

Give those in the inner city something to look forward to.

That is all any one wants.

Give them the opportunity and watch them run with it!

Or are you afraid?

Roman Catholic
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:42am

Mr. President, please don't desecrate the Saint John Paul II National Shrine today. Instead stay home and meditate, call on Jesus for help.

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 8:43am

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Sounds like censorship.

Joel Kurth
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 9:04am

Censorship would be the government denying your right to say mean things.

Our policy is to be nice on a platform provided to you for free

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:30am

Those criteria seem extremely vague.

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 1:50pm

Yeah, the goal should not be to get people to self-censor, ie, rather than freely express views, second guess what someone else may find offensive or mean. I for one would never want to censor anyone. Good or bad, I'd prefer to hear their view, unless it is inciting violence or defamatory. Even with the latter, it might depend on whether or not the person is a public figure, as to what would be appropriate. Yes, people should be polite, but come on, are we to be held to a higher standard than the president?

Anonymous
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 5:00pm

It would also be appropriate to censor for vulgarity, to some extent.

middle of the mit
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 9:47am

Try making a comment at the Detroit News or MI capital confidential.

Oh......they don't allow reader comments AT ALL?

This IS the Free Press.

Don't like it?

Go get ya some cap con!

Harry Nixon
Tue, 06/02/2020 - 2:20pm

Does anyone know if any of these protesters are cutting hair? If a single on is, then MILLIONS are now going to assuredly die. But if not, nothing bad will happen.

Irony?
Wed, 06/03/2020 - 12:16pm

Interesting twist, but think about Revere calling for civil war a few weeks ago over the haircuts, calling the governor's stay at home orders "tyranny". Meanwhile the president gassed peaceful protesters across from the white house so he could get a campaign photo op for his right wing hypocritical religious zealots. The real Christians are condemning Trump's "actual" tyranny.