Chief Craig: 'Majority' of protesters arrested Friday night not from Detroit

Posted at 6:26 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 18:30:20-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Police made a total of 60 arrests during on Friday as tensions grew in downtown Detroit.

After a peaceful protest Friday afternoon, the mood swiftly changed, resulting in heated exchanges with officers.

A majority of those taken into custody for disorderly conduct weren't from the city, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said.

"My message is simple," he said. "If you want to disrupt, stay home and disrupt in your own community."

Out of the 45 men arrested, only 17 were from Detroit. Fifteen women were taken away in handcuffs – six of those were from Detroit.

Chief Craig said the majority of troublemakers came from neighboring cities, including Westland, Farmington, Flint and Rochester Hills.

He also said most of the protesters were peaceful throughout the day, and even stepped in when they saw bad behavior.

One man was killed during the protest in what Detroit police say was a targeted shooting that did not involve officers.

On Friday, 1,500 demonstrators turned out to demand social justice and police accountability during a mass protest outside DPD headquarters.

Two officers were injured Friday night; one was hit in the head by a rock and suffered from a concussion. A second officer fell and injured his cruiser. Both officers were treated and are now recovering.

Chief Craig also said seven police cruisers were damaged.