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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80 criminal justice leaders from around U.S. sign on to lawsuit challenging federal tactics in Portland protests

Eighty criminal justice leaders — including eight attorneys general and 12 current or former police chiefs and sheriffs from around the country — filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the federal deployment and tactics of officers in Portland this summer.

They contend federal law enforcement agencies exceeded their authority in Portland and that their ongoing and threatened presence in cities around the nation risks public trust and safety.

The brief supports the nonprofit Don’t Shoot Portland’s suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice.

The suit takes aim at the federal government’s “Operation Diligent Valor,” which brought at least 114 federal officers to Portland in early July to safeguard the downtown federal courthouse during protests against racial injustice and police violence. It alleges federal officers violated the free speech of demonstrators, used excessive force, overstepped their authority and acted under the

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