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Detroit to dismiss some tickets issued during Floyd protests

Most of the tickets written May 31 and June 2 were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this May 31, 2020 file photo, Detroit police fire tear gas at protesters during the third day of protesting police brutality and justice for George Floyd in Detroit. The city of Detroit said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, it will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of Floyd in Minneapolis. Most of the tickets written May 31 and June 2, were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit. (Nicole Hester/Ann Arbor News via AP, File)

DETROIT — The city of Detroit will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

Most of the tickets written May 31 and June 2 were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit.

Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia says Tuesday that the city expects to dismiss 238 of the 245 tickets issued on those three days. 

Dozens of demonstrators violated Detroit’s curfew requiring people to be off city streets after 8 p.m. and received appearance citations. Others were ticketed for disruptive or violent behavior. 

Police made arrests and used tear gas to disperse some of the crowds. 

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