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Judge Finds that Frederick County and Sheriff Liable for Illegal Arrest of Latina Immigrant Resident for “Eating While Brown”

Maryland Federal District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake has ruled that Frederick County and the Frederick County Sheriff is liable for the October 2008 illegal arrest of a resident by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office based upon a civil immigration warrant.

In 2013, immediately after a jury in Florida exonerated George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, allegedly in self-defense, three Black women created a new movement on social media.

This was the genesis of the digital movement called #BlackLivesMatter which was inaugurated on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Hundreds of thousands of persons repeated the phrase, many of them as a way to signal that the treatment of people of color, especially by the police, was at a crisis stage. Others embraced the phrase as a marker of hope for a community victimized by racism.

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