Chief James Craig said five people among about 15 white supremacists were openly carrying firearms — which is allowed under Michigan law — while they traded barbs with counterprotesters during the Motor City Pride festival in downtown Detroit. Officers worked to keep the two groups separate after getting word that the neo-Nazi group wanted to spark violence similar to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Craig said. Members of both groups shouted racial epithets at each other and toward police officers in an attempt to bait them into a violent response but officers took no sides, Craig said. No shots were fired during the confrontation.
The video, published on Jun 12, further shows the woman in question being shoved to the ground while police stand by and making no attempt to intervene. Later in the video a young woman asks an officer why they are protecting the NSM members. At almost 9 minutes in length, the video shows what festival-goers were subjected to by the NSM members. The NSM members, numbering around 15 in total, were provided a police escort by the Detroit Police Department as they marched through the festival.
Charlottesville is about to celebrate pride, but the planning hit an unexpected problem proving exactly why we still need these events. While Legacy does offer custom logos, we also carefully nurture and protect our brand. One of the ways we keep a positive connotation to the brand, is by avoiding doing any products with custom logos that might be deemed as controversial, political, offensive, etc. This does not in any way mean that we either support or do not support the organization making the request, but the reality is that in light of recent events in Charlottesville as well as the fact Gay Pride events are political activism; we respectfully decline this order.
Detroit's police chief says officers prevented violence by a neo-Nazi group that wanted to spark "Charlottesville No. Chief James Craig said Monday that five people among about 15 white supremacists were legally carrying firearms while they traded barbs with counterprotesters during the Motor City Pride festival in downtown Detroit. Craig says the department's intelligence sources indicated the group wanted to spark violence similar to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Craig says officers kept the groups separate and no injuries occurred.