After doing nearly 28 years for a crime he didn’t commit, Bernard Young says he’s not angry or bitter – though he’s still got a score to settle with the City of Detroit and the police officer he claims wronged him. On Wednesday, the 59-year-old man whose hair turned gray in the prison system sued the City of Detroit and Sgt. Shelley Foy, claiming they are both responsible for letting him serve 27 years and 179 days in prison for molestation when they knew another man had committed the crime. Young’s lawsuit alleges that Foy knew early on that Young’s two young accusers had recanted their story and outed their real abuser — their mother’s boyfriend — but she withheld this information from Young and his lawyers and cost him decades of […]
After serving 28 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Bernard Young sat in a courtroom Wednesday wearing a silver cross as a symbol of his faith, beaming as he heard the words he has long waited to hear: Your case is dismissed. And he wasn’t bitter, or angry. Rather, the mild-mannered man who was wrongfully convicted of child molestation smiled, hugged his lawyer, then walked over to his sister — the driving force behind his years-long fight for justice who brought him to this day. “It’s all over. It’s all over. Thank you my angel. God is with us,” Young said to his crying sister as the two embraced in the courtroom. Before the hearing, the mostly gray-haired Young stressed that he harbors no ill will […]
COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — A woman alleges police in southern Michigan slammed her onto the ground and knocked her unconscious while handcuffed at a jail in an incident captured on video. Tiffany McNeil filed a lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court alleging Coldwater police used excessive force in the encounter in a secure entrance at the Branch County Jail, where she was taken after a domestic dispute. Police reports say that McNeil was resisting arrest and moved toward an officer, who then took her down. But the lawsuit says surveillance video shows police lied. The video shows an officer holding McNeil with her face pressed against a wall. At one point, the officer appears to pull her from the wall and throw her, face-first, on […]
A woman is suing several Coldwater, Mich. police officers after she says she was slammed to the ground and knocked unconscious while handcuffed in a secure entrance to the county jail, a bloody incident captured on camera. Tiffany McNeil’s federal lawsuit alleges that police used excessive force and then lied about what happened. “It was absolutely egregious, disgusting, thug-like conduct,” McNeil’s attorney, Solomon Radner, said. “You don’t expect that from police officers, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.” Read the rest of the story here.