Benton Harbor civil rights leader Rev. Edward Pinkney plans lawsuit after Occupy the PGA confrontation

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Peacefully protesters, led by Civil Rights Leader
Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan
 participate in Occupy the PGA event during May 25th

During last week Occupy the PGA event, Benton Harbor Police chief Roger Lange attempted to engage Civil Rights Leader and Blog Talk Radio host of ‘Pinkney to Pinkney‘ program, Rev. Edward Pinkney into a potentially dangerous confrontation.

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On Friday, May 25 at 7:00 pm, Rev. Pinkney and 10 others were refused access to a public sidewalk near the Harbor Shores golf course. The protesters were surrounded by local law enforcement personnel and escorted by 15 police officers off a public sidewalk in the Benton Harbor, Michigan community.

According to Occupy the PGA leader and Civil Right Activist Rev. Pinkney, Benton Harbor’s police Chief Lange cited the protesters needed a ticket to walk on a public sidewalk area. While Rev. Pinkney’s group stood up for their citizenry and basic civil rights as best as they could, and the situation became heated.  

According to Rev. Pinkney, “It was clear that the police were hoping for confrontation. The police are no longer working in service of the people, and I will not speak to residents on behalf of the police dept. Their behavior was shameful and disrespectful of the residents.”  

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Despite the police confrontation ironically only one person was given a ticket for sounding a bicycle horn in Jean Klock Park.

Rev. Pinkney cites his upcoming plans after the unwarranted state of events include to file civil rights suit against Benton Harbor’s Police Chief Roger Lange, the Benton Harbor Police Department, the Professional Golf Association, Senior PGA sponsors Whirlpool and KitchenAid Corporation.

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