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Wayne County Sheriff's Office on 'standby' ahead of more planned protests in Detroit

Protest at 5 p.m. outside Detroit Police Department
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Posted at 12:16 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:22:24-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says it is on "standby" ahead of more protests in planned in Detroit Saturday.

According to the Sheriff's Office, they "are on standby with the request of DPD. If they request our assistance, we will deploy. We are in contact with their command."

A group called "Detroiters Against Police Murders" is holding a protest Saturday at 5 p.m. outside the Detroit Police Department.

According to the Facebook event page, nearly 300 people have expressed interest in attending. The group says they are taking a stand against the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY.

The group also urges attendees to "not engage in any illegal behavior," as well as "watch out for undercover agent provocateurs."

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This comes after hundreds of people gathered in downtown Detroit on Friday night as part of nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week.

One man was killed during the protest in what Detroit police say was a targeted shooting.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer released this statement in response to the protests:

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Mayor Mike Duggan is also scheduled to hold a 2 p.m. press conference Saturday to discuss the demonstrations.