During the oral arguments in [Christina] Jones' civil trial, appellate judge Diane Wood remarked: "The police were determined to arrest [Jones] it seems—someone of the wrong race walking through a neighborhood in Braidwood [Illinois]." At the time of Jones's fateful visit, current census data had Braidwood's population pegged as 97 percent white. The Concerned Citizen who had placed the call told the 911 dispatcher that "a person of color" was photographing houses. The officers had no reason to believe that Jones was up to anything besides trying to do her damn job, the court found.
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