Eight people in Detroit were arrested after two officers were injured when protesters clashed with the authorities after police killed a suspect, a police sergeant said on Saturday.
The eight were arrested on Friday for suspected disorderly behavior, said Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood of the Detroit Police Department. A protester was also arrested for serious physical injury investigations.
Demonstrators threw stones, bricks, bottles, coolers, and traffic cones at officials on Friday afternoon, Kirkwood said. Some even threw tear gas canisters that had been fired at them, she said.
“A handful of agitators disturbed and threw projectiles at officers,” said Kirkwood. “Two were injured and then the arrests started.”
She did not disclose the extent of the injuries sustained by the officials, but said the protests had taken place where a suspect was arrested on Friday for allegedly distributing drugs.
When Darnell Sylvester was arrested, 20-year-old Hakim Littleton opened fire on officers only a few meters away, but failed to do so, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
“You won’t take my husband,” said Littleton when, according to Craig, he allegedly opened fire with a semi-automatic pistol.
Craig played a body camera and a dash cam video of the confrontation during a press conference on Friday.
Three police officers returned the fire and killed Littleton, the police said.
“Mr. Littleton continued to fire his gun even when he was on the ground,” said Craig, adding that the officers had not been injured.
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, president of the NAACP branch in Detroit, said the police investigating the shootout should report their results to the public as soon as possible.
“This kind of quick and clear communication with the community helps to disperse and explain situations that can potentially lead to deep division and even conflict,” said Anthony in a statement.