October 18, 2021

Black Realtor and Clients File Lawsuit After Michigan Police Handcuff Them During Home Tour

A Black actual property agent, his shopper, and his shopper’s son have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Michigan police officers violated their civil rights after they handcuffed the three people who have been touring a potential residence.

In line with USA Today, the realtor Eric Brown, his shopper Roy Thorne and his 15-year-old son Samuel filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to the town of Wyoming, Michigan, the Wyoming police chief, and the six law enforcement officials concerned within the Aug. 1 incident.

Michigan police had beforehand described the incident as an “unfortunate” misunderstanding, which began when officers responded to a name from a neighbor.

The police declare a neighbor contacted them as a result of they believed a beforehand arrested particular person for illegal entry into the home had returned. 

The report claimed the suspect drove a black Mercedes, however the officers solely discovered two automobiles on the scene, a black Hyundai Genesis sedan and a black Chevrolet Malibu.

Because the three Black males have been touring the property, officers assembled outdoors, two with their weapons drawn. Thorne’s son shortly emerged from the basement and instructed his father he’d seen officers surrounding the home. 

Brown and Thorne mentioned the incident left them feeling “sheer terror” as they noticed the officers strategy the house. The three people have been briefly handcuffed and detained earlier than they have been launched.

The lawsuit has requested a trial by jury and alleged violations of the plaintiffs’ civil rights, assault and battery, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional misery.