Rights group paints devastating picture of systematic racial discrimination by the sheriff’s department of Madison County in a federal court complaint
Betty Jean Tucker, a plaintiff in the ACLU’s case alleging racial discrimination by the sheriff’s department of Madison County. Photograph: ACLU of Mississippi
By Guardian Reporter Ed Pilkington in New York
Monday 8 May 2017
Black people in a racially segregated county in Mississippi are living under a permanent state of siege, subjected to repeated unlawful and humiliating searches at police roadblocks, at pedestrian “checkpoints” and even in their homes, according to a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
In a complaint lodged with a federal court on Monday, the ACLU paints a devastating picture of systematic racial discrimination by the sheriff’s department of Madison County. The nonpartisan group says the abuses have gone on for decades, in tune with a history of constitutional violations that can be traced in an unbroken line back to the civil rights era.
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