Vigil tonight will honor 3 Detroit men murdered at Algiers Motel 50 years ago

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DETROIT, MI – Tonight, Tuesday July 25th, 2017, at 9:15pm, Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton and Michigan National Action Network political director Sam Riddle will honor the memory of three Detroit men slain at the Algiers Motel while in police custody during the 1967 Detroit Rebellion.

[Photo Credit: Walter P. Reuther Library – Wayne State University]

Burton commented on why he will visit the site of the Algiers Motel that is now a vacant park-like setting on Virginia Park and Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

“It is no secret that many believe Detroit police killed Carl Cooper, Aubrey Pollard and Fred Temple fifty years ago today. Trials were held, all prosecuted were found not guilty but a stain was on Detroit police.

Today good practices should prevent even the suspicion of such inhumane actions,” said Burton the youngest elected police commissioner in America.

Riddle was emphatic. “Cooper, Pollard & Temple were murdered 50 years ago at the Algiers Motel by Detroit police and the Michigan National Guard aided and abetted by the Michigan State Police. We must never allow this racist travesty to be swept under the hate rug of history,” said Riddle.

What: Silent Vigil honoring 3 Black men slain 50 years ago during 1967 Detroit Rebellion
When: Dusk 9:15ish PM THIS EVENING

Where: Old Algiers Motel site Virginia Park & Woodward across from “Turkey Grill”