One of O-J Simpson’s high-profile attorneys has signed on to represent a Des Moines family in a wrongful-death case. Attorney Johnie Cochran says the Charles Lovelady case “cried out for justice.” Lovelady died this past February in a bouncer’s chokehold during a dispute over clothing worn to a Des Moines bar. The two bouncers are charged in criminal court with manslaughter. The civil lawsuit filed yesterday on behalf of Lovelady’s parents seeks a “substantial” amount of money for their pain and suffering. Cochran says the lawsuit is about holding the bar and its bouncers accountable. Cochran says he wants an America where everybody’s treated equally and nobody’s singled out because of how they look. Cochran says he still has the same fire in his heart when he sees the kind of racial discrimination blacks suffered in the 1960s. After Lovelady’s death, a few Des Moines-area bar owners were accused of racism in their dress code policies, and a separate lawsuit has been filed.
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