George Floyd’s death will always be remembered to have sparked protests and riots on May 30, 2020, and opened endless violence in the cities and streets.
Tucker Carlson Tonight interviewed Detroit’s Police Chief on May 29, 2020, regarding the riots and proactive police exercises.
MLive also reported the scene on May 31, 2020, describing the march to have started peaceful but turned violent when protesters faced off with the city police in riot gear near the police headquarters entrance.
According to the outlet, roughly 100 Detroit police officers with full gears and shields stood on several rows facing the mob of nearly 500 in downtown Detroit. A woman brazenly walked along the row of police officers with her middle finger in front of their faces, while another swore angrily at them.
Several demonstrators chanted, “hands up, don’t shoot,” while raising their arms, about Michael Brown’s 2014 police killing in Ferguson, Missouri.
When some protesters started throwing fireworks, water bottles, and smoke grenades, police eventually responded with tear gas and then rubber bullets.
In turn, protesters quickly picked up the canisters and threw them back at the officers that made those not wearing gas masks to evacuate. Meanwhile, protesters affected by the tear gas went to the sidewalk while others poured water in their eyes.
BLM apparently adapted the “hands up, don’t shoot” from Michael Brown’s case, but it actually never happened.
Detroit’s top attorney claimed he was “pleased to hear” that the injured demonstrators filed a lawsuit against city officials and police because the city now plans to retaliate in suing them.
“The litigation will provide the City an opportunity to counter with our own suit — to stop further violations of law and to hopefully reduce the assaults on police officers,” City’s corporation counsel Lawrence Garcia stated.
“Wearing a bullet-proof vest to a protest shows a certain desire and intent,” continued Garcia. “What is going on nowadays is more about provocation and public nuisance than bringing power to the people.”
The protesters claimed that the cops “repeatedly responded with violence,” even including photos and descriptions of gruesome resulting injuries. Due to the alleged “police brutality,” the activists asked a federal judge to prevent the police from using “tools of excessive force.”
The city filed a countersuit denying every brutality accusation, barely a month after the court issued temporary orders to bar the cops’ use of force.
The city’s countersuit alleges the activists are part of a “civil conspiracy.” They have disturbed peace, incited riots, engaged in disorderly conduct, destroyed public property, and even resisted police orders. Moreover, the city asked the court to declare that the protesters engaged in a conspiracy and defamed the police and mayor, and charge them the costs of the damages.
The protesters now find themselves in hot water after two separate tracks have been filed against them – one in court backed by national legal groups and another from the city council that can cut off funding for the city’s litigation.
Detroit’s sudden move may present evidence on the activist’s coordination of violence and to the extent of addressing the media narrative of blaming the police for the peaceful-turned-violent protests.