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No charges after klan flag hangs next to Black family’s home

A prosecutor has declined to file charges against a suburban Detroit man who displayed a Ku Klux Klan flag in his window next to the home of a Black family, saying the “horrible conduct” doesn’t violate Michigan law.

An ethnic intimidation charge would require physical contact, property damage or threats of such activity, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

“I strongly encourage the Michigan Legislature to look, revise and create laws to protect citizens from this kind of horrible conduct,” says Worthy, who is Black.

JeDonna Dinges, 57, of Grosse Pointe Park, says the klan flag was hanging next door in a window directly across from her dining room. The incident occurred two weeks ago.

The flag was removed after police with large cloths visited the home and made a switch, City Manager Nick Sizeland told the Detroit Free Press last week.

The man’s girlfriend claimed they couldn’t afford a curtain, Sizeland says.

“There is absolutely no question that what happened to Ms. Dinges was despicable, traumatizing and completely unacceptable,” Worthy says. “But, very unfortunately in my view, not a crime. The KKK flag, while intending to be visible to Ms. Dinges, was hanging inside of her neighbor’s house.”

The klan was a secretive society organized in the South after the Civil War to assert white supremacy, often using violence.

Dozens of people turned out for a Feb. 21 march and rally to support Dinges.

Before the flag incident, Dinges says she was concerned about her safety after finding a full gas can inside her outdoor recycling bin.

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