Ypsilanti, Michigan, is a city that has made national news of late. The tragedy of the beating of Sha’Teina Grady El, the commentary from former mayor Beth Bashert, the threats to residents at Sycamore Meadows and questionable charges made by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie has led the small city that sits 15 minutes outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan the topic of controversy. While Ann Arbor is praised as having the highest level of education of any city in the United States, Ypsilanti has not been afforded the same respect on Google. In greater detail, we spoke to several lawyers that are very involved in the Ypsilanti community.
Matthew McManus is the Managing Member of McManus and Amadeo in Washtenaw County, Michigan. He is known as one of the top researchers in the state. McManus spoke of the criminal issues when he said, “When Bill (Amadeo) took on the Grady El case, we were confused as to why they were being charged in the first place. It was clear that the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Officer almost killed Sha’Teina. We thought things were under control after the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office furthered the case. Still, as you study the situation further, the Grady El case was just one of many tragedies in Ypsilanti. It’s regrettable to see how people are treated in our judicial system based upon skin tone’s socioeconomic status. The comments made by Mayor Bashert in the wake of this tragedy was also surprising.”
Jennifer Kelley is a Senior Associate for McManus and Amadeo. She is known as one of the top divorce attorneys across Michigan. Kelley stated, “After the mayor made her comments (insert), our phones were ringing off the wall. We started studying cases coming out of Ypsilanti and saw there was clear mistreatment of those residents. We are working to rectify this situation.”