Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A city council member in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has apologized for jokingly suggesting shooting demonstrators who commit violence or vandalism during a July 4th celebration. Escanaba Council Member Ralph Blasier made the remarks during a Thursday council meeting, reading from a statement saying those who threw objects at police, shot anyone or set fires “will be shot in both legs and be left lying there till dawn” when they’ll “need to crawl to the hospital.” The (Escanaba) Daily Press reports Blasier apologized Friday calling it a “failed attempt at humor.” The comment comes amidst demonstrations after George Floyd’s death. 

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks led thousands of fans on what the team described as a public protest march through downtown Milwaukee in support of social justice. Bucks officials estimated that 7,500 people participated. Before the march, Bucks guard Sterling Brown led the crowd in 9 seconds of silence to honor George Floyd.  

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Crews have removed a statue of Dearborn’s longest-serving mayor, who favored segregationist policies and made racist comments over his 35-year tenure that ended in 1977. The statue of Orville Hubbard had been on the grounds of the Dearborn Historical Museum for several years after it was removed from the former City Hall campus in 2015. It was taken down Friday. A city spokeswoman says the statute had become a “divisive symbol rather than a unifying one.” Calls for the statue to be removed were renewed in the wake of nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death. 

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board was unable to find the cause of a 2019 airplane crash into Lake Michigan that left two men dead. The Detroit News reports that the agency’s final report last month says the probable cause was “a loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information.  Killed in the crash were Emanuel Z. Manos, who was the president of Detroit Salt Co., and the pilot Randal Dippold. Authorities have said that the two men escaped the aircraft before it sunk in May 2019.