Several protests, demonstrations planned across metro Detroit Thursday

Posted at 10:22 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 12:54:20-04

(WXYZ) — Several protests and demonstrations will take place in the metro Detroit area on Thursday.

At 11 a.m., a unity walk will be held in several communities statewide in memory of George Floyd. Clergy, law enforcement and community members will join, along with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist.


The walk will take place in Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw, Troy, Flint and Grand Rapids.

Participants will gather at the Wayne State University Gymnasium parking lot at 10:15 a.m. There will be a brief rally at the location that will officially begin at 11 a.m. Those participating are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

In Roseville, there will be a Black Lives Matter protest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roseville Police Department. Demonstrators are asked to wear masks.

Two peaceful protests are planned in Rochester Thursday. The first will start in the Municipal Park at 2:30 p.m. The second will start at 4 p.m.

Protests will continue for the seventh straight day in downtown Detroit at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, Detroit police allowed the protests to continue after the 8 p.m. curfew.

In Howell, protests are likely to take place on Thursday as well, the city said in a Facebook post. Several city and county facilities will be closing early. Gatherings may begin in the area of the county courthouse at State Street and Grand River around 3 p.m.

At 7 p.m., a peaceful protest is planned at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac. The protest is described as showing solidarity in grief, pain and anger for victims of police brutality and institutional racism.