Democratic Detroit City Council candidate David Bullock secretly planned a traffic jam as an act of political protest against the city’s emergency manager in coordination with a local chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, according to surreptitiously recorded video obtained by The Daily Caller.
Bullock, a reverend and adjunct professor who has taught at Wayne State University and other colleges and is running for an at-large City Council seat in 2013, planned the protest at Bethany’s Baptist Church in Detroit, according to the source of the video. The traffic jam was intended as a protest against Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of an emergency manager for the city of Detroit.
Bullock’s traffic jam was executed as planned, with approximately six cars jamming the highway near Comerica Park for roughly one minute before police pulled the participants over and put an end to the disruption.
“Now Friday is opening day. Friday’s opening day…On Friday, we will want to execute a major traffic jam. Definitely we want to do something around ten o’clock. OK?” Bullock said in the video before instructing the crowd to say, “traffic jam.”
“We want to just focus for Friday on access to the game…It’s gonna already have its own slowdown anyway because people are coming down for the game. But we want to look at Friday morning around ten o’clock. Now if that’s something you think you can do Friday just talk to me after the meeting,” Bullock said.
“Democracy is messy, but I love it,” Bullock said.
Bullock then explained in detail to a potential activist how to cause a traffic jam.
Bullock told The Daily Caller that he coordinated the protest with a local chapter of Sharpton’s National Action Network and other groups, including a group composed of former city workers.
“This was coordinated with a number of different groups in Detroit. National Action Network was involved. Former city workers, other groups,” Bullock said. “No groups officially endorsed anything like this.”
“I don’t want to take credit for staging it. I participated in it as a conscientious objector to emergency management,” Bullock said.
Bullock defended his tactics.
“It’s well known, in terms of the tactic” used, Bullock said.