“[H]ere Come Your Masser” Remark to Neighbor Leads to Anti-“Harassment” Order (on “Hate Speech” Theory) …
CNN v. SEB, decided yesterday by the Michigan Court of Appeals (in an opinion by Chief Judge Elizabeth Gleicher, joined by Judges Jane Markey and Michelle Rick, stemmed from an ongoing pattern of disputes between two neighboring families about the use of a shared driveway. “Battles raged on issues ranging from installing chicken wire fences to hanging surveillance cameras from trees, sometimes leading to screaming matches in the street.” Police were often called, and both sides often sought PPOs (personal protection orders against each other).
The incident triggering the current filing arose on August 8, 2021, when MN [CNN’s husband] parked his car in the driveway directly in front of his garage and began vacuuming the inside, with his back turned to SEB’s property. From her porch, CNN observed SEB approach MN to take cell phone pictures of him. CNN walked over and stood between SEB and MN. She repeatedly told SEB to go away. SEB’s sister, RJ, and EB [SEB’s husband] joined the gathering. Another neighbor, LM, heard the argument and drew near to assist CNN and MN.
When LM came outside, SEB shouted, “[H]ere come your masser (sic).” (LM is white; CNN, SEB and their husbands are African American.) CNN and LM reported that SEB and EB repeated the comment approximately four times
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