Detroit supporters march in solidarity for Baltimore on May Day

In a show of solidarity for victims like Freddie Gray who have in the hands of police, Detroiters rallied on May Day to demonstrate against violence.

Typically, May Day in Detroit is meant to honor the working men and women. This year, Abayomi Azikiwe said they're also standing up for the people of Baltimore

"We're here today to express solidarity with people of Baltimore who fight against police brutality and racism." Azikiwe is with the Moratorium Now Coalition. 

The show of support comes after Freddie Gray, a black man, died from an injury while in custody of the Baltimore Police Department 

Detroit Police says they hear what the participants have to say but they want citizens to respect the process. 

"Let the investigations conclude before you jump to a conclusion. Some people who we thought were guilty were innocent and some people we thought were guilty, weren't," Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said. 

But participants like William Davis say they if they don't take a stand on these type issues then the violence seen in Baltimore could one day take place here

"Detroit is just one second away from from a major incident and we don't want that." Davis said.

Organizers say they're calling for change and making their demands known without the violence that has scarred the city of Baltimore this week.

"We are opposed to tax foreclosures that are pending right now, we're opposed to the water shutoffs that are pending as well, we are upset about the fact that this 'new Detroit' that's being constructed excludes people who have lived here and have lived here for decades," Azikiwe said. 

The marchers say May Day is the perfect time to get the ball rolling for change

"Its all of us together standing up to the world and saying it's time the human race advances to the next step and May Day is a good day to do it," Sharon Feldman said.
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