100 Days: Detroit anti-police brutality protests mark a milestone weekend

September 06, 2020, 7:49 AM

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It's been a big weekend for Detroit Will Breathe, the group whose members have led marches through the city all summer.

A protest this summer in Southwest Detroit. (Photo: Michael Lucido)

Friday brought a temporary restraining order blocking police from using rubber bullets, chemical agents, sound cannons and other crowd-control methods, an action the group had asked when it sued the Detroit Police Department in federal court. 

And Saturday, the group marked 100 days of near-daily protests, which began after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. That action set off peaceful and violent protests around the country; those in Detroit have been largely peaceful. 

The Detroit Free Press compiled 100 photos of this summer's marches and a story on the Day 100 event: 

A crowd of roughly 300 didn’t appear to be deterred, sporting signs in the shape of gravestones to symbolize a graveyard they want, one such sign reading “qualified immunity” for the Detroit Police Department.

Reports of a defaced statue of Gen. Alexander Macomb, varied officer interactions and a female protester spit on by an onlooker marked the evening. More than anything, however, it was marked with dance, song and hours more pounding the pavement.

Darnell Grant, 61, has made 99 of them, and said he was marching so that black men no longer have to fear police violence. "I’ll be out here as long as it takes," he said.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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