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WATCH: Mayor Duggan and Chief Craig praise Monday's peaceful protests

Mayor Mike Duggan
Posted at 1:43 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:20:57-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James Craig praised protesters for the behavior and control on Monday during a Tuesday news conference.

Monday's protests were largely lawful, with protesters dispersing shortly before 9:00 p.m. However, more than 3 dozen people were arrested.

Duggan began by saying that last night Detroit "stood out" in the national media for a "remarkable" march that was peaceful. He said it "was a special night" because the protest was led by young people, the next generation.

"The future of the city might be in good hands," Duggan said.

Duggan highlighted the efforts of the organizers who urged people to leave after the march and not descend into violence, especially a young woman who's name he doesn't know, but who he says he wants to speak too.

Duggan said she was "fearless" and that she used her megaphone to yell to the police that they were dispersing when officers because yelling at the crowd to disperse.

"We learned the best check against the violence isn't the police, it's Detroiters," Duggan said.

Duggan also said that on a day when the President of the United States showed division, a group of young people on 3rd Street showed another way.