A black shopkeeper in Des Moines, Iowa, said he received a clearance notice because he had participated in a peaceful protest against Black Lives Matter.
Jeremiah Johnson, born in Liberia, owns the fashion / retail business Stylent Brands and previously rented office space. However, his landlord saw Johnson and his staff protest while watching the news and canceled his lease. According to Johnson, the landlord assumed that he and his friends had been looted or involved in "illegal activities" and decided to terminate his lease.
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In footage uploaded to Twitter, Johnson tries to explain to his landlord that there were two groups of demonstrators and that he and his friends were part of a peaceful demonstration that distanced itself from rioters.
The shopkeeper said he was not convinced and went so far as to send Johnson an email from his lawyer claiming that he and other demonstrators were looking for rights that they did not "deserve".
In response, Johnson plans to take his landlord to court, TMZ says. He says he will tell the judge that his First Amendment rights have been violated and that he has been discriminated against based on his race.