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Brandy Unfairly Targeted, Civil Rights Group Claims

1/30/2007 4:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

BrandyBlack civil rights leaders in Los Angeles claim the California Highway Patrol has made singer/actress Brandy "a political trophy."

The Los Angeles City Attorney is deciding whether to file misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges against Brandy, whose Land Rover slammed into a Toyota on the 405 Freeway killing the driver.

Today, Najee Ali, leader of Project Islamic HOPE, said the CHP's recommendation to file charges against the singer "is unfairly targeting her for prosecution because of her celebrity." Ali told TMZ he is organizing an e-mail campaign in the African American community to put pressure on City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to reject the case.

Delgadillo says "We will treat this case like every other case and treat it very seriously because someone died."

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Keni    

I don't understand why everything has to be a racial issue. She was in an accident and someone was killed. Yes she should be held accountable, no she should not be jailed and, no she should not have to pay the family $50 million dollars. We are always so focused on the color of a person skin. THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!

2715 days ago
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Jenii84    

I think "Farrah" has too much time on her/his hands. It seem's that you post comments in every bit of gossip TMZ has to offer Farrah. Your a loser Farrah. If you have a problem with all of this then show up at her court date with signs and rant your sh*t because typing it on here get's you where exactly? I think your making your points to the wrong people and in the wrong place, and your comments are bullsh*t when it comes to this situation. Is Brandy supposed to get off scott free then because she's black?Ahhh, No! She killed another human being and should pay the price for it, despite her race. It doesn't matter who the hell you are ok or what race you are. So stop making this a race issue. You rant racial sh*t in places it doesn't even need to be said on TMZ. Its pathetic! So please stfu and get your word's put across to where it matter's most. Thanks. lol...My god! lol

2715 days ago
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Vickione    

It's funny how Ms. Amanda, and others who think like her assume that anyone who comes to the defense of an African American is playing the race card. Was it the reverse race card when minorities were prevented from any opportunies while whites were given all of them. What about the free labor whites received during slavery? Give me a break!. You just refuse to admit the truth. Your hatred is obvious. The reference to 'Ghetto Bitches & Law Breakin' Brothers proves it. You need counseling. The truth is.. whites have always had the advantage. The criminals and undesirables who were cast out of Europe, and came over on the Mayflower, lied, stole, & cheated, while enslaving people in order to get ahead. They murdered, raped and performed every crime imaginable. Blacks can never get back what was taken from them. It doesn't feel good when the shoe is on the other foot. does it? Get a life!!!

2713 days ago
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nadine    

OK DEFENDERS OF THE RACIAL BELIEVES . IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE ONLY ONE SET OF PEOPLE ALWAYS CRY RACISM (BLACK FOLKS). HELLO! CAN YOU BLAME US. LET ME ANSWER THAT. (NO YOU CAN'T) IF IT TAKES TWO BILLION YEARS FOR US TO GET OVER OUR FEARS SO BE IT. MILLIONS OF US DIED FOR GODSAKES, JUST FOR BEING BLACK. THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE REASON WHY WE ARE TARGETED, BUT WE ARE SCARED THAT BEING BLACK IS A DISADVANTAGE . SO IF WE SHOW CONCERNS, DONT SAY ANYTHING PLEASE. ITS JUST THAT SIMPLE. WE INVESTIGATE FIRST.

2713 days ago
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DS117    

Puh-leeze !!! Is this guy saying she's being targeted because she's a celebrity or because she's black or both ??? I'm sure that if I caused the same sort of accident and killed someone, I'd be facing the same sort of charges ( and I'm a non-celebrity and poor and white !!! ) Sure I think there is a celebrity factor in this case, otherwise this poor woman would go down as just another auto accident statistic. And for goodness sake, they're talking about charging her with MISDEMEANOR vehicular manslaughter. The worst that is going to happen to her is that she's going to be fined, put on probation and have her driver's license revoked. If they really wanted to make an example of her, they would've found a way to charge her with a FELONY.

2713 days ago
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Jay    

I read most of these comments before deciding to post mine. I found that there is so much racism from the some of the comment writers about the race card. Wow! One comment mention the term "sistas" and "brothers One mentioned the term "ghetto bitches" and "law breakin brothers." How more racists can you be? The article about Brandy never mentioned anything about the race card. It stated that the authorities are targeting her because of her CELEBRITY status. It never mentioned anywhere that the authorities were targeting her because she is black. It goes on to state that the NAACP was going to start a drive with the black community to pressure the city attorney into dropping the case. How is starting a petition with the black community playing the race card?
***Now in relation to the case, I think Brandy should be treated as any other offender in the US. I does not matter if she is a celebrity, politician, CEO, or farmer;. Nor does it matter if she is asian, black, hispanic or white. Not even if she is rich or poor. If the proper procedure-after an accident like that-is to charge someone with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, she should definately be charged.

2713 days ago
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jackie    

Brandy is being targeted just because she has a lot of money and the unfortunate other family is not so well off. If Brandy was just a regular average joe she wouldn't be getting sued for $50 million!

2713 days ago
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Rose Anderson-Wise    

They need to leave Brandy alone.Yes it will become racial knowing that she is a young black woman with money. People are killed everyday in car accidents and the insurance pays off. What make this case so special and different. Brandy if you get this remember that God is with you and He is not going to allow any thing to happen to you stay strong in the Lord and this to shall pass.

2713 days ago
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MoneyP    

I think folks are missing the point here--its more a question of whether she is being targeted because she is FAMOUS, not because she is black. As horrible as this was (and while she should DEFINITELY be held liable in civil court) she didn't do anything ILLEGAL here.

Having poor reflexes when driving is not illegal--she wasn't drunk or high, or even on her cell phone, so she wasn't doing anything illegal. It's a legitimate accident. Would you want to have to go to jail if you didnt hit the brakes fast enough and you ended up hurting/ killing someone? I think the police are possibly trying very hard to not make it look like she is being given a pass because she is famous that they might just be going too far in the other direction. Its a difficult situation to be in, but hopefully they end up getting it right.

What is MORE shocking is the fact that another actor (Lane Garrison), was DRUNK and driving--ALSO in Los Angeles--and ended up killing 1 teenager, and injuring 2 and the police are still trying to decide if they are going to press charges (see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16911482/). WTF is there to think about!?!? He was DRUNK and DRIVING--something which is ALREADY illegal--and ended up killing someone. Its a joke how we handle drunk drivers with a slap on the wrist (which, for all you folks who want to bring up race are DOMINANTLY white and male) and yet want to make an example of a legitimate accident, where the only thing Brandy is truly guilty of is being a poor driver, not knowingly endangering every person on the road.

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