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Day Five of George Floyd protests in Detroit ended with a mass arrest of protesters.

In the week since Floyd died, as a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest, protests have spread across Michigan and the United States.

Chanting “We don’t back down to bullies in shields,” hundreds of protesters linked arms and continued marching past Detroit’s curfew.

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Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder may soon be forced to talk about his decisions during the Flint water crisis.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied Snyder’s and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon’s efforts to be shielded from being disposed for a civil lawsuit.

Snyder and Dillon argued that they can't be forced to sit through depositions, while they're still trying to get dismissed from lawsuits based on governmental immunity.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan praised protesters and the city’s police force for keeping the city relatively calm Monday night.

But Duggan cautioned on Tuesday that the city must remain on high alert—and will keep an 8 p.m. curfew throughout the week.

Today on Stateside, we spoke with activists who organized some of this week's protests in Detroit and Grand Rapids. Plus, Governor Whitmer rolled back some significant restrictions on business and gatherings yesterday which was a huge relief for some, but left many with huge gray areas about how commerce and social life will go forward.

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Hundreds of protesters, many of them students and young people, came out to at least two separate marches in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, in what’s now the eighth straight day of demonstrations in that city. 

 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer testified Tuesday before a congressional subcommittee on the state’s COVID-19 response. As of Tuesday afternoon, 5,553 people in Michigan are known to have died from the disease.

Whitmer just lifted restrictions on many business operations and public gatherings. But the governor said she’s very concerned about the upcoming flu season.

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Kalamazoo officials have imposed a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew this evening after violence flared Monday night. Vandals broke windows and started fires. Police used tear gas and other means to disperse the crowd.

Police Chief Karianne Thomas says it was not Kalamazoo’s “finest hour.”

Genesee County

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson says law enforcement agencies must respect the constitutional rights of protesters.

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The Michigan Sheriffs' Association is condemning the Minneapolis Police Department for the death of George Floyd. In a statement posted on its Facebook Monday night, the board of directors for the MSA called the MPD’s actions “bad policing” and said those kinds of actions “will not be accepted or tolerated.”

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Update: The Grand Rapids City Commission met Tuesday and discussed the events of Saturday night. The mayor and city commissioners decided not to extend the city's 7 p.m. curfew. The full meeting is available online here.

I walked the streets of my city on the night of mayhem Saturday, and witnessed the destruction. I saw the fires burning in the street. I heard the sound of glass shattering, of people cheering. I felt the warmth from a fire as it swallowed a police vehicle on a quiet intersection.

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