A group claiming to be Anonymous has declared a “Day of Rage” Friday in 36 cities, including Detroit, Lansing and Ann Arbor.
The rallies, announced on a five-minute-plus video, are intended to show solidarity with protesters who have taken to the streets nationwide following another spate of highly publicized shootings of black men by white police.
But some are speculating the rallies are a hoax, pointing out that a similar false rumor circulated in 2014.
But law enforcement is taking no chance in many of the cities, and the Department of Defense on Tuesday issued a warning to its personnel to stay away from a “Day of Rage” rally outside the White House.
Detroit police were aware of the demonstration and will be monitoring, Sgt. Michael Woody said this morning.
“We will be monitoring the situation and be on hand for any wrongdoers who decide to cause havoc,” Woody said. “In years past when the organizer have called for this action across the nation in every major city, nobody usually shows hope. We are hopeful that is the case again this year.”
Here is the schedule of events in Michigan:
- Detroit: 7:00PM (HART PLAZA, One Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226)
- Lansing: 7:00PM (STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933)
- Ann Arbor: 7:00PM (THE DIAG, Burns Park, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)
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.