Lawsuit against officers targeting black people in Madison, Mississippi
A federal lawsuit says law enforcement officers in one majority-white Mississippi county are unfairly targeting black people for traffic stops and searches of homes and property without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi sued the sheriff’s department in the Jackson suburb of Madison County. The suit seeks a court order against policies it says create unequal treatment of black and white people. It also seeks a civilian board to review complaints against the department.
Sheriff Randy Tucker would not immediately comment Monday because he had not seen the lawsuit, Spokesman Heath Hall said.
ACLU Mississippi Executive Director Jennifer Riley-Collins says problems have existed for generations.