Craig defends treatment of TCF Center protesters: 'They were peaceful'

November 12, 2020, 7:52 AM

Tristan Taylor, the co-founder and organizer of Detroit Will Breathe, wants to know why Detroit police treat his organization's protests differently from the way they treated the largely Republican and pro-Trump demonstrators at the TCF Center last week. 

James Craig: "Factually wrong once again." (File photo)

Chief James Craig says it's pretty simple: The Republicans were peaceful.

Fox 2 Detroit reports:

"... They were chanting and we gave them -- just like we gave Detroit Will Breathe -- an opportunity to exercise their right to free speech. But not one time did they attack this police department and the one instance when we made an arrest, it was made without incident and it had nothing to do with the protest. And so, factually wrong once again," Chief James Craig said.

Detroit Will Breathe spokesman Tristan Taylor told FOX 2's Roop Raj that the issue they had with the DPD stems from August 22 when he says protesters were unfairly attacked by Detroit police at a time when they were unprovoked. Taylor would like the DPD to address that.

Taylor and Craig are no closer to detente than they were at the start of the summer, when the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer set off protests nationwide. Since then, Detroit Will Breathe has marched nearly every day or night in Detroit and its suburbs. While these marches have been largely peaceful, occasional scuffles between police and protesters have led to some arrests. 

The Fox story gives most of the spotlight to Craig, a frequent Fox News guest, who again refuses DWB's demand that he resign:

"I’ve said it and I will say it again: No, no. I’m not leaving, you leave."

Read more:  Fox 2 Detroit

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