“I was arrested in front of children, and even after I was arrested my name was still being slandered…”
By Jessica Bennett, Ebony
Deborah Nash, Martha Callahan and Jennifer Morris all made it their business to harass Marc Peeples of Detroit repeatedly by calling in false accusations to local authorities. Why? Reportedly to stop him from working on a community garden in a vacant playground.
According to The Detroit Metro Times, the three White women initially called police to report Peeples for “illegal gardening.” When their complaints went ignored, they upped the accusations to more serious offenses.
Nash accused Peeples of threatening her with a gun. All three women later accused him of taking part in a drive-by shooting and even claimed he was a pedophile after seeing him work on the garden with his children. These calls resulted in the Detroit Police Department and Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office filing charges against Peeples, writing him up for three counts of stalking.
Fortunately, the case was dismissed, with 36th District Court Judge E. Lynise Bryant calling the women’s claims “fabricated.” She also said the women committed perjury under oath. Peeples is now suing, calling the women’s actions “extreme, malicious, wanton and outrageous. He also called it a “conspiracy” to get him “incarcerated or seriously injured by law enforcement.”
“I was arrested in front of children, and even after I was arrested my name was still being slandered, people were still saying things about me that wasn’t true,” Peeples told the Metro Times. “I wanted to hold people accountable. I was locked up, I had to face trial, and I had to put my life back together.”
“We want some consequences,” said his attorney, Robert Burton-Harris. “We waited to see if DPD or prosecutor’s office would investigate the women, and that didn’t happen, so that’s part of the reason we decided to move forward.”
Peeples is seeking $300,000 in damages.
This article originally appeared in Ebony.