Eyes on the Reprisal

Racial bias alleged in unwarranted detention of two black, elderly women

"We're tired of being apologized to when these people violate our rights and humiliate us," Tillman says.

Manka testified that the women's race was not a factor in his decision to detain them.

Deputy County Attorney Katharine Leisch told Judge Wilkinson last week that Priestly's and Patterson's bias claims amount to "trivialization of truly horrific treatment that African Americans in this country have faced."

Rand Carlson

"All they had to do was show him their receipt," Leisch says.

On the other hand, all Jeff Manka had to do was show some human decency.

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