The Detroit News reported that Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the neo-nazis had hoped to spark a riot like the Aug. 12, 2017, incident in Charlottesville, in which a car was deliberately driven into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring 28.
From The Detroit News:
Members of the Nazi group were openly carrying firearms — which is legal in Michigan — while they traded barbs with counter-protesters described by Craig as “an Antifa group.”
The chief said Detroit officers were successfully able to keep the two groups apart, “and no one got hurt,” he said.
“When (the Nazis) arrived, five of their members were armed; two with long guns and three with handguns,” Craig said. “They were open-carrying.
“I’m told through our intelligence sources (the Nazis) wanted Charlottesville No. 2,” Craig said. “We knew we wanted to be properly staffed, and we were.
Craig told the News that the neo-nazis had their lawyer and cameras ready for any provocation from the police or counter-protestors. The neo-nazis were openly carrying firearms as allowed by state law and wanted to bait both the police and counter-protesters.
Motor City Pride is the largest LGBTQ event in Michigan. More than 40,000 people were expected during the weekend of events including Parade.