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Chief: Most arrested at Detroit protest are not from city

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Posted at 7:39 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 22:39:39-04

Nearly two-thirds of the 60 people arrested Friday night during protests in downtown Detroit over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis were from the city’s predominantly white suburbs.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Saturday that 37 of those taken into custody were from places like Warren, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield and even Grand Blanc, which is about 60 miles northwest of Detroit.

Detroit was one of a number of U.S. cities where protests were staged, but didn’t see the levels of violence, damage or altercations with law enforcement that occurred elsewhere.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz blamed destruction Friday night in Minneapolis, including setting a police station on fire, on out-of-state instigators.