Desmond Marrow is a 30 year old ex-NFL athlete who was a victim of police brutality in early December of 2017. Recently he has come forward with the video of the assault he endured and has been rallying for justice against the Henry County Police Dept. as well as the officers who assaulted him. I saw the video for the first time a few days ago and I was honestly disgusted, in the video Desmond Marrow is clearly posing no threat to neither officers and his handcuffed with his hands behind his back. Despite him being restrained the officers still slam him head first into the concrete (apparently knocking some of his teeth out) and then one of the officers chokes him until he is unconscious. The police officers attempt to defend their handouts actions by saying they were under the assumption that Desmond Marrow had a gun, it turned out to be his cell phone. I am absolutely sick and tired of seeing black men like Desmond Marrow become targets for police brutality it’s a scary to think that simply because of how we look I can not trust “officers of the law” to protect me, my brother my cousins, my friends ect. Although its a damper on my day to have to scroll down my timeline and see things like this it is well needed reminder to me and everyone that sees it of the state that this country is in and social media is a great platform to spread awareness for injustices like these so we can get something done about it.
Cass community Social Services has kick started their plan to construct 25 “Tiny homes” on their 2.5 block plot of land on Detroit’s west side. This will be great for the city of Detroit because the idea behind the tiny homes project is to help Low income families or individuals specifically the homeless be able to afford to keep a roof over their heads. Cities across America have began to take the steps to develop tiny home districts for their low income communities. The difference in Detroit is it is the first city to do more then simply rent out the homes for a low price, they have set in place homeownership options. Having homeownership options allows for individuals to own these homes without a mortgage. In lieu of a mortgage tenants pay off the house month to month for the price of a dollar per square foot. This will give people with low income the ability to not only independently pay for their own home, but it will also provide them with the opportunity to acquire wealth and improve their current situation. in The City of Detroit black people make up 49% of the homeless population. This tiny homes project has the potential to drastically raise the economic standing of the black community in the city of Detroit.