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On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit

       Photo courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University


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November 12

On this day in 1980, George W. Crockett, Jr. is sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Crockett, an attorney and Democrat, was elected in a special contest to replace Charles C. Diggs, Jr. who resigned.

1992 Malice Green, an African-American city resident, joins the ancestors after being arrested by police officers Walter
Budzyn and Larry Nevers (both are white) during a traffic stop on the city’s west side. The official cause of Green’s death
is blunt force trauma to the head. Officers Nevers, Budzyn, Robert Lessnau, and Freddie Douglas (an African-American)
will be charged in the death. Ultimately, charges against Douglas will be dropped, and Lessnau will be acquitted of assault.
Budzyn and Nevers will be convicted. The case, which involves race, class, and city-suburban relations, will attract
huge media coverage and will become one of the most sensational incidents in local history. The City of Detroit will
eventually pay a civil agreement of $5.25 million to Malice Green's family


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Hear our interview with WDET's Jerome Vaughn about "On This Day: African-American Life in Detroit"