Last night’s protest in Detroit had all the hallmarks of previous demonstrations — several hundred people. frustration and calls to action.
“This is the power of Detroit.” — Nakia-Renne Wallace, protest organizer
The march started Downtown at Hart Plaza shortly before curfew. It was a serene evening and demonstration to match. But the arrests for breaking an 8:00 pm curfew seen Tuesday night wouldn’t be the case after police lifted the dispersal time.
“Right now what I’ve seen is a peaceful protest,” said Chief James Craig.
It took minutes for the word to trickle down to the protesters along their riverfront route then jubilation. Police acted as an escort for protestors.
The march, led by Nakia-Renne Wallace, moved east of downtown toward Belle Isle and was considered a triumph by organizers.
“This is what victory feels like,” she said, set against cheering from protestors. “This is the power of Detroit.”
Wallace declared it a victory march and the hundreds that follow her headed back to the city’s center.
Further protests are planned for this afternoon and the weekend.