Detroit Police Chief Shows Off 'Deadly Weapons' Used Against His Officers At Protests

WWJ News
June 01, 2020 - 7:17 pm

(WWJ) Police Chief James Craig held up railroad spikes and fireworks he says were used against his officers during Sunday's protest in downtown Detroit. 

"As you can see, the size of this, it can create a lot of damage," Craig said, at a news conference Monday. "It's a deadly weapon if used in a certain way."

The chief said glass bottles, metal spikes and bricks have been "hurled in the direction of police officers who stayed on the line to keep our city safe." 

Detroit police made 110 arrests Sunday, many for curfew violations, during a third straight night of massive protests downtown that culminated with officers deploying pepper spray and rubber bullets to disperse crowds on the first night after the city imposed a curfew to try to maintain order. 

Craig said criminals are using protests of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as an excuse to incite violence, and that small groups of troublemakers are infiltrating larger, peaceful demonstrations. 

Mayor Mike Duggan, meanwhile, is praising police, residents and clergy for preventing the violence that has marred other cities. 

“Detroit police did a beautiful job in protecting our city,” Duggan said. 

While there hasn't been any looting or fires set in the city, like is happened elsewhere, Duggan said an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will stay in place until further notice. 

"It will be enforced just as vigorously," Duggan said. "We are not going to allow people to attack our city under the cover of darkness." 

Duggan said he issued a new curfew order on Monday with one change. Along with allowing people to go out after 8 p.m. to go to or from work or for an emergency, he said people may go out if they are going directly to our from a commercial business to buy good or services.

- View a copy of the curfew executive order - 

"I wanted to say to the business of this town that we're gonna support you," Duggan said. 

The mayor said many of the people arrested last night for violating the curfew were from outside the city in Macomb County, as well as from out of state, including Tennessee and Washington D.C.

Duggan said he expects the protests to continue. 

"Make no mistake, it's not over," the mayor said. "And make no mistake, our investigation of the group that is instigating this is not over, it is very intense. We understand what's coming. We also understand that if we allow these groups to gather after dark, we will suffer the same fate as other cities."