Protesters to gather in downtown Detroit after police shootings

A protest during Noel Night in 2014.
A protest during Noel Night in 2014. Photo by Steve Neavling. 

Protesters are gathering at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit at 8 p.m. Friday to call attention to this week’s shootings of two black men.

It’s the first large gathering expected in Detroit after the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Word of the gathering slowly began to spread Thursday on social media.

On Tuesday, Sterling was shot multiple times while being pinned down by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A Minnesota police officer shot Castile on Wednesday while his girlfriend said he was reaching for his ID during a traffic stop.

Numerous peaceful protests were held in Detroit in 2014 in response to another rash of heavily publicized shootings. During several demonstrations, protesters blocked roads and performed die-ins.

We will provide live and follow-up coverage of the protest.


Ferguson protest
Protesters blocked I-75 in Detroit following a rash of police-involved shootings in 2014. Photo by Steve Neavling. 

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.