Pack the Court: Daniel Murray v. Detroit Land Bank

Wed, Apr 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am


Daniel Murray's home was destroyed by the Detroit Land Bank while he lived there.

Daniel Murray lived at 15745 Quincy in Detroit for decades. He grew up in the home. The Detroit Land Bank gained control of the property in 2014 after tax foreclosure and Daniel continued to live there as normal. Although the Land Bank owned the property for years, it never adequately notified him until Land Bank agents broke down the door in April 2016 to conduct an inspection – the Land Bank’s first time entering the house since it gained ownership years earlier. After Daniel filed a police report for the break-in and contacted his elected representatives, Daniel finally got a call from the Land Bank, which notified him that it owned his home. Daniel demanded to know what was happening and why the Land Bank broke into his home, but got no answers. The Land Bank told Daniel it needed to send an inspector to verify his occupancy, and Daniel was more than willing to cooperate.

However, an inspection never happened. Instead, Land Bank agents arrived at Daniel’s house without notice or explanation in May 2016, broke down his door (again), threw out his lifetime of possessions, trashed his home beyond repair, and demolished the house shortly afterward. Daniel lost everything.

The Land Bank refused to follow the law, which required it to serve Daniel with a month’s advance notice and then file a lawsuit to obtain a court order that would allow it to evict Daniel. The Land Bank never followed this process, instead simply arriving at the house unannounced to destroy the house and Daniel’s possessions.

Daniel is currently pursuing a lawsuit against the Land Bank. Despite all evidence to the contrary, the Land Bank continues to claim that Daniel did not live in the home, and that its actions were perfectly legal.

In December 2017, the court denied the Land Bank attempt to dismiss Daniel’s lawsuit. The Land Bank appealed the decision, and the appeal is being heard April 3, 2019.

Join with Detroit Eviction Defense and support Daniel Murray. Say NO to unjust eviction and displacement of Detroiters!

Sadly, Daniel Murray recently passed away from a series of health conditions. May he rest in peace and may the justice be achieved that Daniel did not live to see. The lawsuit against the Land Bank continues.

Michigan Court of Appeals
3020 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit, Michigan 48202

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