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Black Lives Matter Protesters In Detroit Attacked by Police

As part of our coverage of the ongoing anti-racist rebellion happeming across the country and the world, we are encouraging submissions from the front lines of struggle. Independent photographer @Nadeau Jessica has sent in photos from Detroit, where protesters have been demonstrating against “Operation Legend.” Over the weekend, the Detroit Police Department violently repressed a peaceful protest.

Jessica Nadeau

August 25, 2020
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I am an independent photographer who has been following Detroit Will Breathe as the group holds marches and sit-ins protesting police brutality, and demanding reform that will benefit the struggling and disenfranchised communities in Detroit.

These marches have been consistently peaceful, even when police have attempted to instigate violence. 

Saturday night, we marched from the Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building, to the intersection of Woodward Ave & Grand River Ave, with the demand that the Federal agents of “Operation Legend” be expelled from the city. These agents have been terrorizing neighborhoods in Detroit since July 23. 

When we reached Woodward, leadership announced that we would be occupying the space until our demands were met.

Many people chose to leave, but around 100 people did stay. I was one of them. 

Phone in one hand, camera in the other, I followed the riot line of officers as they approached the intersection on Woodward. They dismantled the barricades, and wasted no time squaring off with the line of protesters. The protesters were chanting, “We don’t see no riot here. Why are you in riot gear?” Until the police launched their attack. There is a video from a balcony above, that demonstrates that the police used an offensive tactical formation to spearhead an attack on the group of protesters. As soon a contact was made, the chanting stopped and screams of terror erupted from the crowd as they were barreled into, beaten with batons, sprayed with tear gas and mace, and forcibly thrown to the ground.

Our protest’s medics attempted to help injured protesters, and were brutally beaten as well. Several medics attempted to stand near the medical supply station to protect the supplies of water and first aid materials, but they were targeted and brutalized without cause.

I stood right next to them, and was not targeted in the same way, I was not a priority. I continued filming, as people were being beaten with batons. Several severe injuries occurred:

two fractured skulls, a broken arm, broken ribs, facial lacerations, and plenty of irreversible trauma. Several people were released to the hospital for their injuries.

Once everyone who was captured was rounded up, they were all put on a DDOT bus, and eventually taken to the DDC on Mound & Nevada. 

No Justice, No Peace.


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