More than 1,000 people turned out Friday night for a peaceful but passionate rally in the wake of more police-involved shootings of black men.
While some protests nationwide have turned violent and led to numerous arrests, that didn’t happen as two groups marched through the streets of downtown Detroit. When a handful of protesters blocked police cars, officers didn’t respond with force. As a result, the marches continued peacefully with no injuries or arrests.
Violence is very rare at Detroit protests, in part because police have used restraint in the face of civil disobedience. It’s a lesson other cities could learn.
Organizers of Detroit marches also have embraced nonviolence – and Friday was no exception.
Clashes broke out in several cities when police – some in combat gear – forcefully removed protesters from streets and public spaces.
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.