Police removed one resident who urged Detroiters to “attack” city council. Later, the audience broke out in protest songs, forcing a postponement.
Video: Arsonists wreaked havoc Monday night as understaffed Detroit Fire Department struggles to keep pace
The fire department is so understaffed that the entire east side was without fire protection for about two hours while about 18 companies battled the fires.
Feds went undercover to investigate protests over the emergency manager, wages for teachers and city workers, inadequate transportation and rising poverty. No violence ever broke out.
Saying some Detroit officials are “black on the outside, but white on the inside,” Minister Malik Shabazz and more than a dozen protesters tried to hand-deliver Oreo cookies to city hall offices in the latest protest against an emergency manager in Detroit.
“It’s a very dangerous situation,” said Dan McNamara, president of the firefighters’ union.
Detroit’s new emergency manager will face some enormous obstacles.
Kevyn Orr once hosted an extravagant 80th birthday celebration for Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers.
EM opponents warned residents to stock up on bottles of water and canned goods because of an impending revolt.
Sunshine law that requires a transparent government likely will be ignored by the state.
On Sunday afternoon, Larry paced outside while flames spread through four neighboring, vacant houses on the east side.