There's a new civil rights watchdog group in Detroit, formed to help handle some of the most contentious and sensitive areas of law: hate crimes and discrimination lawsuits.
The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has created a civil rights unit for metro Detroit, to be headed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Levy. The unit, comprised of four attorneys and a paralegal, will investigate and prosecute cases involving hate crimes, police misconduct, housing and employment discrimination and disability claims, among others.
The new group comes as good news to the Council on American Islamic Relations, which has sued three police departments over access to information related to the 2009 killing of a Detroit mosque leader, who died during a shootout with the FBI.
"I think it's a step in the right direction," said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan CAIR chapter. (More)