DETROIT (WJBK) - Protesters spoke out as Donald Trump paid a visit to Detroit to reach out to African American voters.
"Donald Trump is not going to get my vote," said protester Thomas Wilson. "Donald Trump will not get the vote of black people."
Protesters questioned Trump's rhetoric to get the attention of black voters.
"Donald Trump says that all black people are living in poverty and our schools are failing, we're unemployed ... What [sic] do we have to lose? We have our dignity," said protester Deborah Smith.
Local pastors were upset that they were not allowed inside the predominately black church where Trump was invited.
"We were just trying to go to church. I did not know that I was going to be hit for trying to go inside the House of God," said Pastor David Bullock.
Some pastors even tried to get in.
"Trump's security was pretty egregious in my estimation but even worse was the Detroit Police Department who brought horses into middle of crowd and actually kicked people with those horses. I know it wasn't deliberate, they have a job to do, but that could have been handled a little bit differently," said Rev. Horace Sheffield, a protest organizer.
Detroit police said they were on site to protect the people and keep things under control.
"The horses did move in to create that barrier ... There were protesters trying to go beyond the gate and as you can see, there was fighting over the gate so I think we handled the situation pretty well, " said Elvin Barren of the Detroit Police Department.
In the end, protesters said they made their message clear.
"Stop perpetuating the con that you're reaching out to black voters cause you're not," Smith said.