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Detroit mayor says enforcing city's curfew remains at police chief's discretion

Jun 4, 2020

Detroit protesters on Sunday, May 31.
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Detroit city officials expect an 8 p.m. curfew will remain in place for a couple more days.

The curfew was put in place this week in response to confrontations between large groups of protesters and police.   

Dozens of protesters have been detained for violating the curfew. Although on Wednesday night, police did not enforce the curfew and protesters continued to march peacefully well after the curfew.

“I will be very happy when I can get to the day when there is no curfew at all. I don’t think we’re far from that,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Thursday. “But at least for the next day or so, we’re going to continue with the practice we have.”

Duggan says he’s leaving enforcement of the curfew to Police Chief James Craig’s discretion.

Chief Craig says his department is investigating allegations against police officers during days of protests tied to the death of George Floyd.

Craig says he knows of three complaints made against his officers. He’s promising transparency.

“We’d rather there not be one incident of an allegation of demeanor or where force was improperly used.  But we will investigate all allegations,” says Craig.

Mayor Duggan says the city will consider dismissing tickets for people cited during the protests.