Black Man Sues 3 White Women Who Called Cops On Him For Gardening For A Whopping $300,000 In Damages

Black Man Sues 3 White Women Who Called Cops On Him For Gardening For A Whopping $300,000 In Damages

The case became popularly known as “gardening while black,” - as the women falsely accused him for being a pedophile and threatening to kill them.

Last few months have been rife with cases where white people have called police on people from the black community for almost no reason at all. These cases later went on to become the prominent yardsticks to measure how ridiculous some of the calls to the cops can be. The calls became a way of racial microaggressions - something that was used against the people from the black community. 

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Now, a man from Detroit is suing three white women for repeatedly calling the police for getting rid of him in a public park. The case became popularly known as “gardening while black,” - as the women falsely accused him for being a pedophile and threatening to kill them. According to USA Today, Marc Peeples said that women had accused him of the crimes in July 2017 to May 2018. 



 

 

Peeples had only been trying to build a garden in Hunt Park and worked to improve the surrounding neighborhood. 
He alleges that the women – Deborah Nash, Martha Callahan and Jennifer Morris – had their own plans for the park and wanted to see him "incarcerated or seriously injured by law enforcement."  



 

 

USA Today reports that the women had told the Detroit police administrators in March 2018 that Peeples had been stealing from the houses near the park. Not only that, but they also accused him of threatening to burn their homes down and kill them, according to a complaint that was filed on Feb. 25 in Wayne County Circuit Court.   



 

 

It does not stop there. Two months later, as Peeples was in Hunt Park teaching a group of home-schooled students about gardening, one of the women called 911 and falsely reported that Peeples was a convicted pedophile and wasn't legally allowed near kids, the complaint said. The local police arrested Peeples in the park. 



 

 

While people talk about false reports and their impact, here is something that can be considered. The allegations that the three women had made about Peeples led him to be charged with three counts of stalking. As a condition of his bond, he was barred from the park. The women removed or covered some of the improvements Peeples had put in place, according to the lawsuit.  



 

 

A Wayne County circuit court judge eventually tossed the case. The judge said the three women harassed Peeples, according to a report in the Detroit Metro Times

NBC News reported that Peeples and his attorney, Robert Burton-Harris, describe what happened as a case of "gardening while black." 



 

 

However, at Peeples' trial in October 2018, District Judge E. Lynise Bryant dismissed the case before it went to the jury, describing it as "disgusting" and "a waste of the court's time and resources."

The judge said the women "should be sitting at the defendant's table for stalking and harassment charges," and not Peeples. 



 

 

According to NBC News, the lawsuit claims that Peeples suffered economic injury, including lost job opportunities and canceled contracts, because of the charges. He is seeking $300,000 in damages, as well as attorneys' fees and other costs.

Peeples said Tuesday that he did not do gardening at the park during the trial but is now happy to be back at work doing what's important — maintaining the park and teaching children the value of horticulture.

"Since the trial went the way that it went, it actually has been positive by bringing light to what I’m doing in the community," he said.

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