police brutality

Detroiter in iconic 1963 March on Washington photo reflects on protests, then and now

BY: - August 28, 2020

Edith Lee-Payne was 12 when she attended the seminal 1963 March on Washington. There, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech that was first offered in Detroit earlier that summer. The effort ultimately helped to persuade congressional leaders to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 […]

Former Kenosha alder is proud of urging militia members to descend on Wisconsin city

BY: - August 27, 2020

The man who called gunmen to gather on the streets of Kenosha Tuesday night — culminating in the deaths of two people and an injury to a third — says he did so to keep the city safe. Despite the deaths, he believes they made it safer. Kevin Mathewson is a former Kenosha alder who […]

Peters grills acting Homeland Security chief on federal agents

BY: - August 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — The top official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday defended the deployment of federal officers to counter protesters in Portland, Ore., saying it was comparable to protecting the U.S. Capitol from attack. “That’s all we’re trying to do in Portland — protecting a federal facility, a seat of justice,” said Acting […]

Detroit group to protest against Trump police plan on Friday

BY: - August 6, 2020

Detroit Will Breathe, the progressive anti-police brutality group, on Wednesday continued to push back against President Donald Trump’s recent decision to send federal agents to Detroit to help reduce firearm violence. During a rally and march — its 69th since late May — the group announced that it will hold a demonstration on Friday evening, […]

‘I didn’t expect to get tackled trying to do my job’ 

BY: - July 30, 2020

For Steve Neavling, it was a seminal moment. The veteran Detroit Metro Times investigative reporter described to the Advance how he was roughed up on June 2 up by Detroit Police while reporting on police arrests of Black Lives Matter protesters in the Motor City. Neavling said that he was punched, kneed, and elbowed by […]

Trump sends federal agents to Detroit amid protests over police brutality

BY: - July 29, 2020

The President Trump administration announced Wednesday that federal law enforcement agents will be coming to Detroit as part of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) “Operation Legend.” Trump first announced this plan last week as anti-police brutality protests continue in many major cities around the country, including Detroit.  The DOJ is sending approximately 42 agents from […]

Whitmer, Nessel blast Trump threat to dispatch federal law enforcement to Detroit

BY: - July 21, 2020

President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to send federal law enforcement into Detroit and other U.S. cities amid Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality.  “I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you because we’re not going to let New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore,” Trump said. “Oakland is a mess. […]

Report: BLM protests have not contributed to COVID-19 spread

BY: - July 9, 2020

John Davidson drove 45 miles from his home in Ann Arbor to participate in Tuesday’s Detroit Will Breathe in Northwest Detroit to push back against police brutality.  It was another demonstration led by the newly formed organization that has taken place nearly every day since May 29 following the death of George Floyd, an African-American […]

Black House Dems unveil ‘Equal Justice for All’ policing package

BY: - July 8, 2020

For Tyrone Carter, a retired Wayne County sheriff deputy who toiled for 25 years on the force, the recent deaths of African Americans at hands of police has been difficult to endure.  “We have an opportunity to restore the trust that doesn’t exist right now,” said Carter, an African American state House member from Detroit.  […]

Is this Michigan House seat held by a Trump-friendly Dem the next big pickup for progressives?

BY: - July 8, 2020

Roslyn Ogburn’s effort to defeat state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) appears to be gaining steam. The housing activist, block club president and mother of five is one of several candidates looking to unseat the first-term Democrat. As the Aug. 4 Democratic primary draws closer, key issues in the campaign for the seat that covers a […]

Dem bill bans tear gas, GOP bills establish crimes of ‘anarchy’

BY: - June 30, 2020

As protests against racism and police brutality persist in Michigan and beyond, two pieces of legislation introduced in the state House last week illustrate just how differently Democrat and Republican lawmakers are approaching the issue. House Bill 5925, introduced by state Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt), would create the “tear gas prohibition act.” The legislation would […]

1st BLM-organized rally brings thousands to Lansing in peaceful celebration of Black lives

BY: - June 30, 2020

At the largest rally yet in defense of Black lives in Lansing, thousands of attendees gathered on a hot Monday afternoon for four and a half hours of live music, talks about racial injustice and calls to action on the Capitol lawn. More than 2,000 people showed up for the event, the first of its […]