Michigan Lawyer Receives Citation Over Black Lives Matter Sign Outside His Home

A lawyer from Michigan has received a citation over a Black Lives Matter sign outside his home, with police saying it violates a city ordinance.

Todd Russell Perkins, a lawyer from Grosse Pointe Shores near Detroit, nailed the sign to a tree outside his house in November.

Afterward, he received a police report warning ordering him to remove the sign as it violated a rule that there can be no political signs larger than seven square feet.

Police said they had received an anonymous complaint about the sign. Perkins said he wanted to know which neighbor had made the complaint and has argued he should have freedom of speech.

Speaking to Fox News, he said: “To announce it, to be able to say it, to be able to scream it from atop of a mountain is my right as an American.

“We can all agree that that’s greater than seven

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Attorney: St. Paul officer shot Black man to protect others

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul officer who shot and wounded a Black man who was being sought by police when the man emerged naked from a dumpster was trying to protect his fellow officers and himself, according to his attorney.

Anthony Dean’s lawyer, Robert Paule, said the man, identified by state investigators as Joseph Javonte Washington, “claimed to have a gun and had used a knife earlier that evening in a violent assault and rape.”

“Many attempts by law enforcement to de-escalate the situation using a variety of non-lethal methods were unsuccessful and the suspect did not cooperate,” Paule said in a statement Wednesday.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press, citing law enforcement sources they did not identify, reported that Dean was fired following Saturday night’s shooting. The officer’s race wasn’t immediately known.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said Tuesday he took “swift,

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Black women lawyers in Ohio still underrepresented in field

Erica Thompson
| The Columbus Dispatch

When Kamala Harris was selected as the running mate for now President-elect Joe Biden, retired attorney Sandra Hicks Cox was thrilled.

Not only are both graduates of Howard University who developed law careers in Alameda County, California, but both also share the knowledge of how hard female Black lawyers have to work to find success.

The Black Out series: Stories on the impacts of racism felt by Black Ohioans

“It’s wonderful,” said 81-year-old Hicks Cox, the oldest-living Black woman to graduate from Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law. “I’m proud of her because that’s what we have to be. … It was real clear that we had no choice but to be at the top of the list.”

Needing to work twice as hard: Black women are few among lawyers

This notion that Black people must work twice as hard to get ahead is

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Donald Trump Officially Tries to Disenfranchise Black Wisconsin Voters

Illustration for article titled Trump Officially Accuses Wisconsins Black Voters of Cheating

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First, you have to understand how the law works: Remember when those white boys chased down Ahmaud Arbery and shot him for not burglarizing a home? Technically, they were “concerned citizens” chasing a “suspected burglar” to make a citizen’s arrest. According to police, Breonna Taylor was a “suspected drug trafficker.” George Floyd was “resisting.”

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), on the other hand, aren’t thieves; they were simply using a chaotic situation to their advantage. Pharmaceutical executives aren’t “drug dealers.” Michael Flynn wasn’t “resisting arrest” when he lied to prosecutors to resist being arrested.

So, when Donald Trump filed a lawsuit with Wisconsin’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, for the first time since Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Black voters came together to whip him like he stole something (an election, perhaps), Trump officially accused the Black voters

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Florida community seeks answers after two Black teens killed in law enforcement shooting

The video clip, posted on the Brevard County Sheriff’s Facebook page Tuesday evening, shows deputies attempting to stop a car last Friday after what Sheriff Wayne Ivey said was an investigation into a possible stolen vehicle.

The footage shows two marked sheriff’s cruisers following the car carrying the teenagers through a residential neighborhood as it pulls into a driveway before the driver backs out and faces two deputies with their guns drawn.

A deputy is heard on the camera’s audio commanding the driver at least eight times to stop. There is no audio for the first 36 seconds of the video.

In a statement released with the video, Ivey said the driver “turns and accelerates the vehicle” toward the deputy, who was “then forced to fire his service weapon in an attempt to stop the deadly threat of the car from crashing into him.”

Ivey said, “You can actually see

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Ex-partner’s bias suit alleges he was told Black lawyers left because they can’t handle BigLaw

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A former Black partner at K&L Gates alleges in a lawsuit that he was terminated for his complaints about discrimination and then harassed by private investigators hired by the law firm.

Willie Dennis is representing himself in the lawsuit, filed Monday in Manhattan federal court. His suit says he was “the victim of systemic racism and discriminatory barriers to equal treatment” at the law firm.

Bloomberg Law and Law360 have coverage.

Dennis says he was essentially expelled from the law firm when he was denied access to his office and email. The expulsion happened after Dennis complained in an email sent to more than 300 partners about male partners dating women at the firm and then determining their compensation.

After Dennis’ expulsion, the suit says,

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Gov. Kate Brown, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum defend state’s relief fund for Black Oregonians

Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum defended Oregon’s new $62 million coronavirus relief fund for Black Oregonians and businesses Thursday after the state was named in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the program.

Great Northern Resources, a small logging company in John Day, filed litigation last month in the U.S. District Court in Portland contending that the state and organizers of the Oregon Cares Fund were violating the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by distributing government benefits on the basis of race.

The lawsuit lists The Contingent, a nonprofit that is administering the fund in partnership with the Black United Fund, and the Oregon Department of Administrative Services as defendants.

Brown and Rosenblum, both Democrats, insisted in a statement Thursday that the Cares Fund is constitutional and said the state will actively defend it.

“The fund provides narrow, timely, and targeted relief to Black-owned businesses,

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UPS to Allow Natural Black Hairstyles and Facial Hair

The Teamsters, which represents UPS workers, said it was “very pleased” with the changes.

“The union contested the previous guidelines as too strict numerous times over the years through the grievance/arbitration process and contract negotiations,” the union said in a statement. “We have proposed neatly trimmed beards during several previous national negotiations.”

Some legal specialists called UPS’s policy change long overdue.

“Though UPS has defended its grooming policy in past civil rights litigation, it appears that UPS may now better appreciate that its natural hair ban maintains centuries old race-based exclusion of Black workers from employment opportunities simply because they wear their hair as it naturally grows,” said D. Wendy Greene, a professor at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law and an architect of the Crown Act.

“In doing so, UPS’s grooming policy sent a clear message to Black workers that they were required to either change or

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Trump’s lawsuits insinuate ‘Black people are corrupt’

Dana Nessel standing in front of a building: Michigan attorney general: Trump's lawsuits insinuate 'Black people are corrupt'

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Michigan attorney general: Trump’s lawsuits insinuate ‘Black people are corrupt’

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) condemned President Trump on Wednesday, accusing him and his campaign of lacking faith in Black voters in their lawsuits against the state questioning the legitimacy of the results of last week’s election.

“Really the themes that we see, that persist, are this: Black people are corrupt, Black people are incompetent and Black people can’t be trusted. That’s the narrative that is continually espoused by the Trump campaign and their allies in these lawsuits,” Nessel said during a press call, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Nessel pointed out that some of Trump’s lawsuits allege ballot-counting issues and fraud in Detroit, which has a high Black population and has traditionally voted Democratic, while ignoring majority-white counties such as Oakland and Kent that also voted for President-elect Joe Biden.

The Trump campaign

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Penn installs a 16-foot sculpture of a Black female figure at entrance to campus

The University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday installed a 16-foot, 5,900 pound bronze-cast sculpture of a Black female figure at its main entrance to campus.

Though in the planning for more than a year, its unveiling comes as the United States welcomes its first Black female vice president elect and as college campuses across the country hear calls to become more inclusive, as concern about racial injustice mounts.

“Its enthralling presence of Black beauty with artistic references to the African diaspora will draw the attention of everyone walking or driving past one of the most traveled corners in West Philadelphia,” Penn president Amy Gutmann said of the piece, titled “Brick House,” that was installed at the 34th and Walnut Streets gateway to the College Green. “And how perfectly fitting it is that we welcome Brick House to our campus at the same time as we redouble our collective efforts to

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