Friday, August 8
The Chicago Tribune declared the situation at the stockyards a crisis. It was one complicated by a very public disagreements about why the police and guards were in the Yards. Garrity continued to insist the police were there at the request of the companies and could not be removed until the packers requested it. The meat packers assured everyone that the guards and officers were in the Yards at the request of the military and the police and that since they “were under the jurisdiction of the police and the militia” they were powerless to remove the armed guards from the area.
As the Yards seethed, the City Council returned its attention once again to policing the city's Black citizens. The council's police committee met with the chief of police in Detroit. He explained that he had prevented a race riot by ordering his men to seize all guns, blackjacks, rifles and other weapons from dealers in the city. Asked how he managed to do so legally, he said: “I happened to be out in the country when I received word that the Negroes were buying blackjacks and shotguns. At that minute I ordered the police to collect all of the blackjacks, shotguns, and other weapons from all of the dealers. They obeyed orders. I did not ask for any legal view on the subject.”