Demonstrators gathered around 4 p.m. at the Hoover Eleven Shopping Center, on the west side of Hoover Road and south of 11 Mile Road. The march was organized after a series of three incidents over a span of four nights at the home of a black family nearby, where shots were fired and vehicles were left damaged with flattened tires and racist graffiti.

Demonstrators gathered around 4 p.m. at the Hoover Eleven Shopping Center, on the west side of Hoover Road and south of 11 Mile Road. The march was organized after a series of three incidents over a span of four nights at the home of a black family nearby, where shots were fired and vehicles were left damaged with flattened tires and racist graffiti.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Police: Warren protests result in minor incidents, no damage or arrests

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 21, 2020

 The demonstrations caused traffic issues on Hoover and the march moved through a nearby subdivision before it returned to the plaza before nightfall.

The demonstrations caused traffic issues on Hoover and the march moved through a nearby subdivision before it returned to the plaza before nightfall.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Groups of demonstrators on both sides reportedly exchanged words and gestures and there were reports of at least one physical altercation. About 30 people, seemingly there to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump, gathered on the east side of Hoover.

Groups of demonstrators on both sides reportedly exchanged words and gestures and there were reports of at least one physical altercation. About 30 people, seemingly there to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump, gathered on the east side of Hoover.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

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WARREN — Things got heated between two groups of demonstrators set up across Hoover Road from one another on Sept. 19, but Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the day ended with no arrests, no injuries and no property damage.

Dwyer estimated that about 250 people took part in a “March Against Racism” demonstration organized — according to social media posts shared before the event — by the “South Warren Alliance of Radical Movement (SWARM)” and co-hosted by “Detroit Will Breathe,” a Detroit-based group that in early September marked 100 days of demonstrations in support of the international Black Lives Matter movement. 

The demonstrators gathered around 4 p.m. at the Hoover Eleven Shopping Center, on the west side of Hoover Road and south of 11 Mile Road. The march was organized after a series of three incidents over a span of four nights at the home of a Black family nearby, where shots were fired and vehicles were left damaged with flattened tires and racist graffiti.

About 30 people, seemingly there to show support for U.S. President Donald Trump, gathered on the east side of Hoover.

Groups of demonstrators on both sides reportedly exchanged words and gestures and there were reports of at least one physical altercation. Dwyer said at one point, a woman’s purse was taken, but eventually returned.

The demonstrations caused traffic issues on Hoover and the march moved through a nearby subdivision before it returned to the plaza before nightfall. 

“Our mission was to maintain safety and a secure environment for all citizens and businesses in the area and we accomplished that,” Dwyer said. “We maintained a posture where they were able to peacefully demonstrate under the First Amendment and that was it. 

“There were concerns about traffic being disrupted. There were incidents where the traffic was disrupted. On the other hand, we had a responsibility to make sure everybody was safe. I think the men and women that were assigned to do this did an outstanding job.”

An investigation into the series of what police said appeared to be hate crimes at the family’s home remained ongoing. Dwyer said the investigation remained the department’s “top priority” and that detectives were working with the FBI. 

A reward of up to $3,000 has been made available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. To reach Warren police, call (586) 574-4700.

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