Neighbors in east side neighborhood don't want activists canvassing area after police shooting

DETROIT (WXYZ) - It didn't take long for neighbors on Detroit's east side to confront activists passing out fliers Sunday afternoon.

"Why are you still here?" A man, who identified himself as Mr. Jordan, demanded to know.

Members of the civil rights group, BAMN, or the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary, were at the corner of Berkshire and Nottingham. That's the intersection where officers shot one of two men suspected of making an illegal gun transaction Wednesday. Police saw officers were forced to open fire when the suspects tried to run them over in their SUV.

"I saw it happen with my own eyes," young mother Asia Kinney said. She said the incident shook her up.

"My son was out here, I was out here, it was other kids out here. It was kids' life in danger," she added.

BAMN activists are now drawing references to last week's shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., trying to rally neighbors to demand accountability from police.

"Missouri got nothing to do with Detroit, not Detroit," Mr. Jordan insisted. After seeing BAMN canvassing his neighborhood since Friday, he said, enough is enough.

"Right now, it's time for everybody to get on with their life," he said.

Activists, in the meantime, said they'll continue to rally there, as long as they have supporters.

Liana Mulholland of BAMN said, "You have some people that are going to react that way to that, but I think most people are just really happy that somebody's leading a fight and they're like, good, I can do something now."

BAMN members said they'll be marching in the area of Berkshire and Nottingham every day this week beginning at 8 p.m.

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