A black Detroit man is suing three white women alleging they repeatedly filed false police reports and accused him of various crimes that they knew he did not commit to keep him away from a public park in his old neighborhood.
Marc Peeples, 33, claims in the lawsuit filed last week that the women fabricated the complaints against him in calls to Detroit police from July 2017 to May 2018 as he built a community garden in a city park.
Peeples, who describes himself as an entrepreneur and urban gardener, told NBC News that he spent almost two years cultivating the overgrown park in a Detroit neighborhood into a big garden of flowers and vegetables.
For half that time, the women — Deborah Nash, Martha Callahan and Callahan’s granddaughter, Jennifer Morris — sought to get him “incarcerated or seriously injured by law enforcement,” according to the lawsuit filed in Wayne County Third Circuit Court in Michigan.
The women live across from or near the park, the lawsuit says. Peeples said he grew up in the area but now resides elsewhere in the city.
Peeples and his attorney, Robert Burton-Harris, describe it as a case of “gardening while black.”
Nash, Callahan and Morris could not immediately be reached for comment.
SOURCE: Janelle Griffith