Mayor Mike Duggan Sets Curfew For Detroit After Two Nights Of Demonstrations Turned Violent

Duggan: 75% of people arrested were not from Detroit

WWJ News
May 31, 2020 - 3:23 pm
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(WWJ) Mayor Mike Duggan has ordered a curfew in the City of Detroit from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. each night, beginning Sunday, until further notice. 

During this time, people cannot be on city streets or public areas. Duggan said this does not apply to Detroit residents who have to go to and from work after hours and people “dealing with an emergency.” Under an updated order, people are also permitted to go directly to our from commercial businesses to purchase good or services. 

- View a copy of the mayor's executive order - 

DDOT buses will also remain in operation during the curfew, according to Duggan.

This comes after a second night of protests against police brutality and injustice ended in riots and 84 arrests.

75% of the people arrested were not from the city. Police Chief James Craig told reporters the majority were from suburban communities including Midland, Port Huron, Saline, and Shelby Township. 

Two were from out-of-state: one from Ohio, the other from Nashville, Tennessee.

 No minors were arrested.

Mayor Duggan said he was touched by "the very successful, peaceful protest" Saturday afternoon. 

"The leaders finished the protest with a prayer," Duggan said. "It was very moving and inspiring, and at the end of it, they said go home, be safe....I thought for a minute that the request made by community leaders yesterday was being followed...but then a decent chunk of the protesters ignored the request of the organizers..."

Duggan said they traveled down Michigan Avenue. More people joined the crowd. 

"The mood in the crowd went from honoring George Floyd and trying to make change, to just being angry and wanting confrontation," he said. 

Detroit residents cried out as protesters announced their intentions to throw rocks and engage in destructive behavior, according to Duggan. 

"You could hear them saying 'No, this is our city. We're not like that here' It wasn't police. It was the pride of Detroiters saying this isn't what we do," he told reporters. 

The vast majority of the arrests took place after midnight, Duggan said, after protesters stormed Detroit Police Headquarters. Emerging evidence suggests a small group of non-residents operating in Detroit are "intent to produce intention and violence." 

"They are well organized, they have walkie-talkies. They've got supply vehicles bringing them rocks, bottles and fireworks to shoot at police," Duggan said. "You think about what we're facing...when you come in from outside the city, and very likely from outside the state, when you're hiding in a group of protesters...it isn't that hard to conceal yourself." 

Police Chief James Craig said no one will get away with breaking the law. 

"If you come to Detroit, and commit criminal acts," he said. "You will be arrested."