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Case Involving Wash Co Sheriff Deputy And Use Of Force Takes Four Steps Back, Says AA Attorney

Sep 18, 2020

(From L to R) Daniel Grady El, William Amadeo, and Sha'Teina Grady El
Credit William Amadeo

Even though the Michigan Attorney General ruled a Washtenaw County Sheriff deputy should not face charges after striking an Ypsilanti woman resisting arrest last May, the legal battle over the matter is far from over.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Ann Arbor attorney William Amadeo, who represents Sha'Teina and Daniel Grady El to get their reaction to the latest developments.


Ann Arbor attorney William Amadeo says the Grady El's are feeling “disappointment and heartbreak” over the recent Attorney General decision.  He predicts this is "going to be a pretty intense legal situation," now that his clients are actually facing charges from the incident and the sheriff deputy is not.  

Amadeo says, "This is going to be in essence a legal war," as the couple goes to court and are planning legal action themselves against the Sheriff's Department.  The attorney says there will be no plea deals made in the case saying it will either be dismissed or go to trial.  He said the couple involved could have lived with the sheriff deputy not being charged, but the fact they themselves now face charges creates a "pretty intense legal situation."  

Another community protest over the matter is planned for Saturday morning near the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department office on Washtenaw Avenue.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu