DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – The Detroit Police Department made dozens of arrests for curfew violations after the fifth night of protests against police brutality, following the death of George Floyd.
A large group marched up Gratiot Avenue Tuesday night, but when police warned them about curfew, some in the crowd continued and the situation escalated.
Residents in the community say the chaos was promoted by people who hold no stake in the neighborhood bringing unwanted company to their front doors.
“It’s a primarily black community so to see so many white people in your private area on your property, hiding behind my car, asking me to go into my house to hide out, it was a lot,” said Porche Grant.
Wednesday afternoon, Craig held a press conference stating he believed the department gave a total of four warnings before arrests. Craig also said he was at the protests Tuesday and Detroit police officers displayed tremendous patience.
The police chief confirmed tear gas was deployed by an officer who was trying to break free from a crowd and after 50 minutes and four warnings arrests were made.
127 people were arrested Tuesday night: six lived outside of the state, 47 were from Detroit and 74 were from neighboring cities.
“It is not our goal, it is not our desire to arrest protesters. That’s not the outcome this department is looking for. When you talk about peaceful protests, that’s the expectation. Again we knew, it was a high likelihood that there would be some that wouldn’t comply,” said Craig.