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9-1-1 calls made during police chief announcement are released

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Credit: https://detroitmi.gov/government/mayors-office/police-chief
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Three 9-1-1 calls made during a James Craig news conference last month detail an attempt to call the event a ‘riot’ by protesters. The calls, obtained by The Detroit News, claim two very different versions of events.

The former Detroit Police chief wanted to kick off his run for the Republican nomination for governor on Belle Isle… with the city as a backdrop. That’s not what he got.  
“There’s a protest in the middle of a press conference.” 

 That’s the most succinct way to sum up the event.  Others… however lied about what was happening.  

“This ain’t a planned protest… these people… these people are violent.”  

There was no violence… but there was loud, occasionally profane chanting. No arrests were made and Craig eventually left his own event to make a formal statement in a gated building a half mile away.