"This officer would disrespect me, he would swear at me," she said. "And it really got nasty, when he called me 'Aunt Jemima' that's a very racial remark." She says she reached her breaking point when an officer pointed a Taser at her and said she should be used for target practice.
Todd Perkins says it would be a game-changer for Detroit in which 30 percent of its residents live below the poverty line with the money coming from marijuana revenue.
Republicans say there isn't a need for 16 bills to reform the way Michigan policing is done but Democrats say just because we haven't seen police brutality here, doesn't mean it couldn't and doesn't happen.
Before Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks sat down on the bus in Alabama, there was a battle over boats back in Parks' home city of Detroit but didn't involve her. It was a Civil Rights hero who took on the boats and now her abandoned home on the city's east side is getting national attention.
"Mothering Justice is working long and hard to do our part to influence some of the $5.9 million that Michigan is set to receive from the American Rescue Plan," said Aqeela Muntaqim, Mothering Justice.
"We want people to share their stories and to reach out to us, to explain what the harassment and the targeting has been like," said Allen Denard.
"In fact when we asked them for the contract - when they didn't pay him - they just said, 'We lost your contract,' which is absurd," his attorney said.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday the Justice Department has launched a sweeping investigation into the patterns and practices of the Minneapolis Police Department after the guilty verdict for former officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death.
"For the African-American community we are looking for a guilty verdict," Hardwick said. "It means to our community that you respect us.
Activist group, 'Peoples Action' protest in River Rouge after police use excessive force on 17-year-old during a traffic stop.
The organization Mothering Justice believes many African-American woman experience trauma surrounding their pregnancies because they're not being heard in hospital settings.
"She’s opinionated, I get it, but never once in 31 years did I ever say, ‘Hey let’s go out and lock up a Hispanic guy or lock up a Black guy. Never once," said Steve Dolunt. "She makes it sound like all cops are bad. That’s like saying all politicians are bad."
"Without any lawful justification or excuse, my clients were viciously attacked by Detroit police officers for no other reason than them being legal observers," said an attorney for the plaintiffs David Robinson.
Lee Mouat repeatedly used racial slurs and said that Black people had no right to use the public beach where the incident occurred. Mouat then struck one of the teens in the face with a bike lock, knocking out several of the victim’s teeth, lacerating his face and mouth, and fracturing his jaw.
Many gather at Hart Plaza to fight for justice and equality against police brutality one year later after the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of police.
David Cripps, one of the lawyers representing them, says the city failed to provide due process. "They couldn't articulate who or which officers made the arrest, couldn't provide us bodycam footage on top of what we saw, to be the constitutional violations of arresting those who were just protesting," he said.
Washtenaw County Judge Anna Frushour dropped charges Monday against Black Lives Matter protesters after a number of people raised concerns about Chelsea police pursuing civil infractions against them - some of them being just kids.
"The truth is what we saw the city of Detroit do, was mass arrest, mass police brutality, and the fact that they can't show us body cam video, can't tell us who arrested who," Wallace said. "None of that is a shock, because what happened to us was not only police brutality, it was completely disorganized."
Todd Perkins says this letter came in the mail last week. In it was an apparent jab at the Black Lives Matter slogan and a poem from the early 20th century rife with racial slurs.
The violent breaching of the halls of power on Capitol Hill by insurrectionists represents one of the plainest displays of a racial double standard in modern history.