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Detroit to dismiss some tickets issued during Floyd protests

Protesters stand in downtown Detroit the night of May 31, 2020.
Lester Graham
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Michigan Radio

The city of Detroit will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Most of the tickets written May 31 and June 2 were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit.

Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia says Tuesday that the city expects to dismiss 238 of the 245 tickets issued on those three days. Dozens of demonstrators violated Detroit's curfew requiring people to be off city streets after 8 p.m. and received appearance citations. Others were ticketed for disruptive or violent behavior.

In addition to those in Detroit, charges that stemmed from demonstrations in some other U.S. cities also have been dismissed.

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