Tennessee Woman Charged For Possessing A Taser During Detroit Protest

Protests continue in Detroit for sixth consecutive night

WWJ News
June 03, 2020 - 5:27 pm

(WWJ) A Tennessee woman is facing charges in Detroit for her role in protests over the weekend. 

Jade Caldwell, 21, of Brentwood, Tennessee is charged with possessing a taser without a permit during the demonstrations.

Police say officers ordered a crowd of demonstrators to leave because of a curfew on Sunday just before 10pm. 

They say Caldwell refused to leave.

She was standing near an area where members of a crowd were throwing fireworks at officers.  When she was ordered to the ground, the taser allegedly fell out of her pocket, according to police.

Thousands of people have gathered in Detroit for mostly peaceful protests fighting for justice for George Floyd since Friday night. However, Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James Craig say hundreds have been arrested for resisting curfew. 

Craig told WWJ 80 of the 127 people arrested Tuesday night were not from Detroit. Six were from out of state, from as far away as California and New York. The arrests Tuesday night were for refusing to obey curfew, according to Craig.

Craig said a smaller group was taken into custody for intending to injure officers by throwing M-80 grenades, railroad spikes and bricks at them during last weekend's demonstrations. Most have been from outside the city. Duggan believes they are tied to organized national groups. 

A crowd of protesters is gathered outside Detroit Police Headquarters on 3rd Avenue for the sixth consecutive night. 

Duggan's curfew for the city of Detroit is in effect from 8p to 5a every night until further notice. People going to or from work, attending to a medical emergency, or patronizing a Detroit business that sells goods or merchandise are exempt from the curfew. To view a copy of the Executive Order, click here.

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