by Dianne Feeley and Jane Slaughter

“Your landlord says you’re a squatter. Give us the keys and get out.” So said Detroit police officers to Rosey White when she answered a knock on the door of her West Side rental on a cold night in December 2016. At no point did either the police or the landlord show any legal paperwork justifying the eviction, because there was none.

“I was able to grab my purse and a few items,” White said. She went to a police precinct that same night to try to file a complaint, but the police refused…

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