DETROIT, MI – Detroit police seized the ‘Trump Unity Bridge’ Friday afternoon around 3:20p.m. in downtown Detroit when the owner, Livonia resident Rob Cortis, showed up with it for a second day when he had been warned not to come back until he had a valid plate on the trailer.
According to WWJRadio, Cortis was “riding dirty,” Detroit slang for people who illegally drive or drive with illegal substances in their vehicle. He was taken into custody by officers on an outstanding warrant out of Canton on a charge of disturbing the peace. He also had an invalid license plate.
Rumors were swirling that Rob Cortis was arrested simply for supporting Donald Trump as President. Detroit Police Chief James Craig shot those rumors down very quickly when asked questions about the situation by the media. Craig stated that “There was an individual yesterday that was using amplified speakers, who was obstructing traffic. We gave several warnings yesterday. He returned today; and, given the same behavior, he was stopped, he was warned.” When officers ran the subjects name through the computer system, they found that he had a valid warrant out of Canton. He was taken into custody without incident.
It was at that time that protesters who were at the TCF Center started collecting money to bail Cortis out and he was back on the streets shortly thereafter. He was working to get his Trump Unity Bridge out of lockup after that.
Detroit is no longer the lawless place that it had a reputation for. Though, depending on the severity of the crime, officers can be and are lenient to give those who have minor infractions go about their business after being warned. However, the days of coming into downtown Detroit and doing as you please is not the case any longer. Detroit Police are patrolling and watching.