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#WorkingWhileBlack: White Woman Sees Man Inspecting House And Calls The Cops, But There’s A Twist

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On May 5th, black real estate investor Michael Hayes was inspecting a house he’s interested in buying in Memphis, Tenn.

Hayes was pulling a board off the home’s front when a white woman next door came outside and asked what exactly he was doing.

“I told her that I had a contract and that I was an investor,” Hayes told CNN. “But she wasn’t listening to that. She didn’t want to hear it.”

The woman said he had no right to be in the neighborhood and should leave, then she called the police.

Hayes explained why he was there. And here’s the twist. The officer tells him that if he has any more problems with the woman to call him back over to the house “and she will go to jail today.”

Judge Approves Philly DA’s Request, Clears Man Of Murder After 11 Years Behind Bars 

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On Wednesday, Dontia Patterson was released from prison after 11 years. He was sentenced to life in prison for murder in 2009, always reclaiming his innocence.

During a hearing at the Criminal Justice Center, Judge Kathryn Streeter dropped the charges against Patterson.

Anthony Voci, chief of the office’s homicide unit, told Lewis that the DA’s Office did not believe Patterson’s case was investigated or prosecuted correctly, and that unanswered questions in his case file — some of which were never turned over to defense attorneys, violating protocol — led the office to doubt he was the killer.

“The enormity of what is at stake cannot be measured,” Voci said.


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