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WATCH: 'We ain't tearing our city down', city leaders say rioters were not Detroiters

60 arrested during George Floyd protest
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Posted at 12:51 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 16:26:44-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Mayor Mike Duggan and Chief James E. Craig give an update regarding the protests that took place Friday night in the downtown area.

According to Detroit police, 60 participants were arrested during the George Floyd protest in downtown Detroit. 17 of the 60 people arrested were actually from Detroit, according to Chief Craig.

Mayor Duggan reported among those arrested were natives of other cities and suburbs, including Clarkston, Plymouth, Warren and Westland.

Community leaders say rioters damaging city property were not Detroiters.

"We ain't tearing down our city. Detroiters don't stand for that," said Maurice "Pastor Mo" Hardwick with the Live in Peace Movement.

Chief Craig also explained an agitator attempted to hit a Detroit police officer with a vehicle. The vehicle then began a pursuit involving Michigan State Police, which ended with an arrest made.

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The mayor and Detroit police chief was joined by Maurice "Paster Mo" Hardwick with the Live in Peace Movement, Rev. Charles Williams, the Chair of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network and Ray Winans of CEO of Keeping Them Alive.