Man arrested in front of Michigan Union following protest over racism

A man is arrested by Ann Arbor Police on South University Wednesday night.

A man is arrested by Ann Arbor Police on South University Wednesday night. Buy this photo
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 9:26pm

UPDATE: This story has been updated with comments from the Division of Public Safety and Security

A fight broke out between two individuals following a rally and protest Wednesday night outside the Michigan Union, resulting in the arrest of one unidentified man.

The man was released Thursday morning pending an arrest warrant for disorderly conduct, University Division of Public Safety and Security spokeswoman Diane Brown confirmed. 

Due to a series of racist incidents on campus and around Ann Arbor over the course of the past few weeks, students and faculty held a rally to confront University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel about his response to these issues.

The rally was originally slated to begin at the Union and then proceed to Schlissel’s house; however, Schlissel and other administrators were prepared to speak to the crowd at the beginning of the rally. After Schlissel spoke and later excused himself to attend an important family event, other administrators addressed the students.

The crowd then proceeded to Schlissel’s home, where they began posting #BBUM — the popular hashtag Being Black at the University of Michigan that surfaced in 2015 following similar incidents — and Black Lives Matter posters on the front of his home.

Brown later confirmed the man arrested is a 24-year-old who was not affiliated with the University. She said she foresees the investigation being a "prolonged" one. After the DPSS investigation, the Washtenaw County Prosecutors' office will decide on whether to press charges. 

"In general, lots of factors are at play," Brown said. 

This is a developing story. Check back at michigandaily.com for more details.