(CBS DETROIT) – James Craig attempted to announce his run for Michigan governor at Belle Isle on Sept. 14, but he was shouted down from the podium by protestors.
The protestors that interrupted the event were from Detroit Will Breathe.READ MORE: "He's The Father To Thousands", Community Mourns Retired Detroit Teacher
The Detroit News reported that the protestors were chanting things like “Hey hey, ho ho, James Craig has got to go!”, “James Craig is full of hate! We won’t let him win our state.”, and “no justice, no peace. James Craig is still the police.”
As the protestors were chanting, Craig managed to get to the podium, said something, but quickly left as the chanting drowned him out.
The article says that Craig accused the Michigan Department of Natural Resources of not doing anything to protect him and his campaign from the protestors, which could potentially get violent.READ MORE: Gift Of Life Michigan Celebrates 50 Years Of Saving, Transforming Lives Through Organ & Tissue Donations
“The DNR knew about the potential for protests yesterday, I’m told. … They indicated they were going to come and move the protesters back,” Craig told The Detroit News. “That never happened. So it makes me wonder if it was by design.”
But, Edward Golder, a spokesperson for the DNR says that Craig and his campaign did not request a security plan for the event, and affirmed that crowd control was the responsibility of the campaign.
Golder also provided CBS Detroit with text messages where Ted Goodman of Craig’s campaign, says that it was not on the DNR and that the campaign knew that the DNR was not responsible for crowd control.
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