Reaction to fatal police shootings stretches to Ann Arbor and Detroit

Posted at 11:03 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 23:19:07-04

There have been protests and vigils all over the country after the two deadly police involved shootings, extending right here into metro Detroit.

Thursday night, more than one hundred people gathered on the campus of the University of Michigan to have a rally about the shootings.

"In spite of this video, people will disagree on whether this shooting was justified, people will disagree on whether race was a factor in the shooting of Mr. Sterling, but one thing we should plainly see is a deadly pattern,” said Arlyn Reed, one of the speakers at the rally.

The vigil and rally combined included singing, prayers, poems and an open mic.

The theme, Black Lives Matter, was prominent at the rally. Many signs and shirts displayed the slogan.

"All lives matter, obviously, but there are certain groups that are marginalized that needs to be focused on,” said Reed.

The video of one of the deadly shootings, the one of Alton Sterling’s death is disturbing and it’s been viewed all over the world.

The man who recorded that video is from metro Detroit, Abdullah Muflahi.

He was interviewed by national media after the incident happened. He said Sterling was a friend.

"I didn't know what was going on and I didn't know why they were out here. Neither did he, he was confused he was lost,” said Muflahi.

Muflahi’s father still lives in the metro Detroit area and works at Mario’s in midtown.

His father didn’t want to speak to 7 Action News, but the owner of Mario’s, Vincent Passalacquea, did.

He said Muflahi used to work at Mario’s as well, employed there for years until he moved to Baton Rouge.

"He'd been with us a for a long time, real great employee, one of the best we've had,” said Passalacquea.

He said Muflahi’s father is proud of him for recording the video.

"Always a good person, always liked people I mean he's a good guy, a good hearted person,” said Passalacquea.

Passalacquea said Muflahi’s father was scared of backlash for his son and his son’s store and that’s why he was worried about speaking to the media.