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Black man who was led by mounted police using a rope sues over ‘slave’-style arrest

The Black man’s hands were cuffed behind his back as two white police officers on horseback steered him through the streets of Galveston, Texas. The mounted officers used a long blue rope to guide the man several blocks under the glare of the summer sun.

Footage of Donald Neely’s August 2019 arrest triggered a national outcry, with the scene drawing comparisons to the inhumane treatment of enslaved people in the 1800s.

According to Neely’s lawsuit, the way he was arrested made him feel “as though he was a slave.” The lawsuit, filed against the city and its police force last week, alleges that Neely’s arrest on suspicion of criminal trespassing was “extreme and outrageous.”

The police chief apologized, and the charges have been dropped, according to Neely’s attorney, Julie Ketterman. But Neely is now seeking up to $1 million in damages for emotional distress, malicious prosecution, and negligence after suffering

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Nikola founder sues Utah businessman for defamation over tweets about women

Nikola founder Trevor Milton has sued a Utah businessman for defamation, accusing him of a “malicious campaign to harass” and discredit the billionaire by publicly accusing him over Twitter of sexually abusing women, according to the lawsuit filed Monday.

David Bateman, the founder and CEO of software company Entrata, started tweeting about Milton in late September, posting screenshots of conversations he allegedly had with women who said Milton tried to sexually assault them or propositioned them for sex with other men. In some cases, Bateman posted screenshots from women of conversations they had with Milton. One showed Milton allegedly offering to pay a woman $2,000 to “hook up” with a guy in Las Vegas if he could pick out the man. 

The nine-page lawsuit filed in Utah federal court says Bateman “engaged in a malicious campaign to harass and defame Mr. Milton, using Bateman’s Twitter account to publish a series

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Westfield Sues To Reopen Fashion Square In Sherman Oaks

LOS ANGELES, CA — The pushback against Los Angeles County’s coronavirus shutdown orders intensified this week with a lawsuit filed by the region’s largest indoor-mall operator, seeking to reopen its doors.

Westfield — which operates indoor malls in Topanga, Culver City, Sherman Oaks, Valencia and Santa Anita — sued the county Monday, calling its mall closures “unjustifiable.” If Westfield gets its way, the Westfield Fashion Square could soon reopen.

According to the lawsuit, malls are safer than other retailers and there is “absolutely no public health justification” for their forced closure. Since the reopening in the summer and shutting down again amid a surge in new cases, county health officials have taken a slower approach to reopening than neighboring counties. Pressure to speed up the reopening process has been mounting for weeks. Monday’s lawsuit follows a proposed federal class-action suit brought by a group of business owners fighting the closure

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