On February 16, 2021, at 3:15 p.m., Ms. JeDonna Dinges, 57, of Grosse Pointe Park saw a Ku Klux Klan flag displayed in her 31-year-old male* neighbor's side window. The flag was clearly visible to Ms. Dinges and her family from their dining room. Both homes are located on Wayburn in Grosse Pointe Park.
Ms. Dinges installed a security camera facing the neighbor's house following an incident on January 20, 2021 when she found a full gas can inside her garbage container and was concerned for the safety of herself and her family. The flag was displayed across from the security camera.
The Michigan Ethnic Intimidation Statue, MCLA 750.147b requires that there must be physical contact, damage, destruction, defacement of property, or threats to do so. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence in this case it has been determined that there is insufficient evidence to charge Ethnic Intimidation or any other charge.
"There is absolutely no question that what happened to Ms. Dinges was despicable, traumatizing, and completely unacceptable. 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. We could not even begin to charge Ethnic Intimidation under current Michigan law. I strongly encourage the Michigan Legislature to look, revise, and create laws to protect citizens from this kind of horrible conduct," said Prosecutor Worthy.
*WCPO does not release the name of uncharged suspect.