Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson speaks out on 2 nights of protests

Posted at 8:48 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:25:00-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson spoke to 7 Action News after the second night of protests in Detroit on Saturday night.

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On Saturday, Benson released a statement that said he was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

"The visions and the experiences of people today, seeing black men murdered and black people murdered at the hands of and at the hands of the system, has been repeated over and over for generations," Benson said. "So people and myself are sick and tired of being sick and tired at seeing these images."

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He also talked about the protests in downtown Detroit and across the country calling them "horrific."

"This type of experience is going to result in feelings of fear, angst, anxiety, and it's just frustrating. You're seeing that play out across the country right now. People have not been heard and they don't know how to express themselves," Benson added.

He added that the protests during the day are peaceful but once night comes, the images he sees are horrific.

As the third day of protests are planned in the city, Benson said he supports the peaceful protests that have been going on during the day, but for the people who are coming at night to throw rocks at police and stir things up, Benson said he wants them to not come back to the city.

"The voices need to be heard and we support that in the city of Detroit," he said. "But those that are coming down to riot, to loot, we want no parts of that in the city of Detroit."

Protests turned violent in Grand Rapids on Saturday night with protesters burning several cars and smashing windows in the downtown area.