Last evening, 5 protesters were detained when they blocked I-75 near Mack Ave in protest of the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. At one time, there were about 100 people in the freeway during rush hour. Detroit police responded by moving protesters out of the freeway and restoring the flow of traffic. Numerous other protests erputed throughout the city, at locations including Greektown, Campus Martius, I-94 and Gratiot and others.
Protests such as these have been popping up all over he country since Monday night, following the lead of the protests in Ferguson, MO.
Finally, months after the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, the grand jury reached a decision last night on whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown. The decision was made not to indict Wilson, which then incited riots all over Ferguson, MO.
Several fires were set, including police cars. At least 10 buildings were set on fire. In one instance, a firetruck was prevented from distinguishing a fire because of gunfire in the area. Around 150 gunshots were reported to have been fired by protesters. The police responded by using pepper spray and tear gas to control the bulk of the crowd, which quickly dispersed. However, this was not the end of the violence. Looters damaged local businesses and in the end, over 80 arrests were made in the St Louis area.