Black pastors in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe, Michigan are warning other people of color to not travel through the region as a protest against an alleged police beating of a young black man.
CBS Detroit reports that pastors and activists in Eastpointe have issued a “travel warning” to any person of color considering driving through the community, on the grounds that they might get beat by police if they do so.
Eastpointe Public Safety Director John McNeilance tells CBS Detroit that law enforcement officials met with activists to discuss their “travel warning” this week, and he said that it was a “productive” — although also “lively at times” — meeting.
The warning was issued in protest of the alleged mistreatment of Frankie Taylor, a young black man who claims he was repeatedly punched in the head by cops after being arrested for drunk driving in 2015.
CBS Detroit notes that a video released of the incident by the police department shows Taylor “struggling with police officers, then dragged to a chair and then is hit several times — while an officer yells at him to ‘stop resisting.'” Taylor says that he’s lost partial vision in one eye and that he needed eye surgery after his encounter with police.