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Black pastor files lawsuit after he was arrested while watering neighbor’s flowers in Alabama
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Black pastor files lawsuit after he was arrested while watering neighbor’s flowers in Alabama

A Black pastor in Alabama has reportedly filed a federal lawsuit after he was arrested in May by white police officers while he was watering the flowers of a neighbor who was out of town. In the lawsuit filed on Friday, Michael Jennings, 56, alleged the encounter with police and arrest violated his constitutional rights and caused him emotional distress and anxiety, reported the Associated Press. The lawsuit was filed against three officers and the town of Childersburg. The suit requesting a jury trial and seeking an unspecified amount of money. The arrest happened after police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a white neighbor who reported a "younger Black male" and gold SUV were at a house while the owners were gone, reported the Associated Press. During the encounter with p...
Massachusetts police sued after allegedly arresting innocent Black man during pursuit of White suspect
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Massachusetts police sued after allegedly arresting innocent Black man during pursuit of White suspect

A Massachusetts police department accused of wrongful arrest is reportedly facing a lawsuit after a young Black man was handcuffed and detained when police were chasing a White suspect. Donovan Johnson alleged in a federal civil rights lawsuit that a White police officer in Arlington, a Boston suburb, grabbed him, threw him to the ground and pinned the young man there with a knee on his neck in February of last year, reported the Associated Press. According the lawsuit filed this week in Boston federal court, Johnson was walking home from work when interaction with police occurred. The police were called to a hotel about a man believed to have been involved in the theft of televisions. The White suspect was “known to police” for “prior criminal acts.” An officer showed a photo of the s...
Exonerated man accused of killing civil rights leader Malcolm X sues NYC for $40 million
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Exonerated man accused of killing civil rights leader Malcolm X sues NYC for $40 million

One of the men who was wrongfully convicted and spent 20 years in prison for the murder of civil rights leader Malcolm X is suing the city of New York for $40 million. Lawyers for Muhammad Aziz filed the complaint on Thursday. Aziz, who is now 84, is suing for the denial of his due process rights, malicious prosecution, and negligence by law enforcement. Malcolm X was murdered in 1965. Three men were accused of the crime. Aziz was arrested in 1965 along with Khalil Islam. More than 55 years after Malcolm X was assassinated, Aziz was cleared of the murder last year. Authorities discovered many flaws in the case against him and at least one other man accused of killing the civil rights leader. Islam served 22 years in prison and died in 2009. He was posthumously cleared of wrongdoin...
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Nevada police arrest and jail young Black man in mistaken identity of older White man

A 25-year-old Black man spent several days behind bars after he was arrested by police in Nevada in a case of mistaken identity after the officers failed to properly research a warrant. New video released last week shows ordeal. The arrest happened in January 2020 when the man was pulled over for a busted headlight. The man provided officers his name and social security card explaining his license was suspended. The officers reportedly ran the man’s name in a database and found a no-bond warrant on gun charges for a man with the same name. The person the warrant belonged to was a 49-year-old White man. Body camera video showed the man explaining to officers there was a mistake but after going back and forth, one of the officers told the young man he believed the warrant belonged to him...