Police arrest dozens of protesters in Detroit for defying city's 8 p.m. curfew

Posted at 9:18 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:11:51-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Several protesters were arrested in Detroit after defying the 8 p.m. curfew on the fifth day of protests.

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As demonstrations continued marching in the city on Tuesday, a group of protesters stopped along Gratiot Avenue and E. Outer Drive after the curfew was in effect. Detroit police officers responded, covering the front and behind protesters.

A 7 Action News crew at the scene saw at least 50 people loaded into a Detroit police bus and taken into custody for defying the 8 p.m. curfew.

"We don't back down to bullies and shields," the protesters chanted before officers moved in and began arrests.

The protesters were zip-tied and placed in a large DPD bus. Chief James Craig addressed media following the incident, saying that he had received a tip that a group of protesters had planned on defying the curfew.

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"I was hoping it would've ended with compliance like last night," Craig said, referring to Monday night's protests were participants left peacefully. "(We) had intel that there would be non-compliance with the order."

Craig said that there was deployment of an individual tear gas, which was not authorized and may have been done due to resistance. That incident is being investigated, he said.