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World Pillow Fight Day Marred by Detroit Police

As playful pillow fights unfolded all over the globe, authorities in Detroit "disarmed" participants in a local park, claiming they needed a permit.



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    Police in Detroit told participants they needed a permit to pillow fight in the park.

    On Saturday, World Pillow Fight Day, organized, peaceful pillow fights took place in nearly 100 cities all over the world: in Houston and Hamburg, in Stockholm and Seattle, in Paris, Perth, Philadephia and Padova. And by all accounts, a grand, feathery time was had by all.

    Except in Detroit.

    In Detroit, when participants showed up at Campus Martius Park at 4PM, toting pillows and ready to rumble, local police intervened and "disarmed" the crowd. According to AP, the cops "confiscated [his] pillows but returned their cases. He says he was told that he needed a permit." A permit for what, no-one is exactly sure -- congregating in a public park? Premeditated fun? Owning a pillow?