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Detroit Demonstrators Call For Removing Police From Schools, Ending Surveillance

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Civil rights activists created a list of over 20 changes they would like to see made, and are taking it to city leaders.

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Civil rights protestors in Detroit have developed a list of things they want changed in the city after marching Thursday night.

The list includes 23 demands, such as:

  • Diverting a portion of Detroit police funding towards public schools,
  • Expunging all convictions past 15 years old,
  • Removing police officers from public schools, and,
  • Ending the police surveillance program “Project Green Light.”
Taylor, protest organizer, leads a demonstration.Alex McLenon / WDET
Alex McLenon / WDET

Taylor, protest organizer, leads a demonstration.

Tristan Taylor, one of the movement’s organizers, says the group plans to meet with Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James Craig to share the list.

I think people specifically want to make sure that we’re demilitarizing the police here,” Taylor says. ”Because we’ve seen over the last couple days just how extensive that is and how problematic that is.”

Protests and demonstrations have occurred every night for the past week, spurred by the police killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Minneapolis black man, and Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman in Louisville, Ky. — who would have turned 27 today.

Taylor says movement organizers intend to bring the list back to protestors to vote on after meeting with city officials.

In the mean time, he says the group will continue holding demonstrations.

Listen to the full list of demands:

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