- Aug 28, 2015
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has previously said that he's willing to meet with the group to discuss its concerns.
The 87-page lawsuit on file in U.S. District Court centers largely on a June 7 incident when five New Era Detroit members were arrested following a dispute between one of its members and police.
Here, according to the lawsuit, is what happened:
On June 7, at about 10:40 p.m., near Grand River and Wyoming, a New Era Detroit volunteer who was working neighborhood patrols was pulled over by police for having a green light attached to his vehicle. Police arrested him for having the green light — even though it was approved by Detroit Police Chief James Craig — and then called a tow truck to remove the vehicle.
Several other group members then showed up to find out what was going on. Police arrested five of them, punching them and slamming some of them, the lawsuit alleges, then jailed them for two nights and took DNA swabs. They were never charged