While Mission was providing security Tuesday for a gathering of social justice and community leaders in Eastern Market, Robert Stanzler, owner of the Detroit Mercantile Co. next door, upset that some participants were parking on his property, told Mission to stop them. When Mission told Stanzler to take it up with the building owner, Stanzler jabbed his middle finger in the air and spat on Mission’s face.

The heinous act occurred at an event space called The Eastern, which abuts the back of Stanzler’s store. The DOC Society, a nonprofit that connects filmmakers to groups whose work might make good documentaries, hosted the event, and one of its founders said she couldn’t believe what she’d seen.

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