ACLU Slaps Mississippi Sheriff’s Department With Misconduct Lawsuit
The state of Mississippi has a long and storied history with racism and bigotry, especially on a policing and government level. That said, it’s sad that an egregious level of police misconduct is still taking place in 2017.
According to Reuters, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit agains the Madison County Sheriff’s office for their violation of 10 black men’s and women’s rights.
“These practices force thousands of people to live in fear and under constant threat of being subject to suspicionless searches and arrests simply because of the color of their skin,” Jennifer Collins, ACLU of Mississippi’s executive director, said in a statement.
The citizens of Madison County recount numerous incidents where officers forced their way into homes, imprisoned them and beat them until they offered false witness testimony and more.
The civil rights group posted a video on Twitter recorded by one local resident, Quinnetta Manning, as officers questioned her and her handicapped husband in their home.
Manning, one of plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said Madison County deputies forced their way in, handcuffed, choked and beat her husband, and threatened the couple with jail if they did not give false witness statements.
She told the ACLU that the officers’ abuse embarrassed her husband and made both of them “feel less than American.”
“Less than American” to say the very least.
There are all sorts of disturbing stats to bolster the ACLU’s lawsuit, we hope they nail ’em to the wall.
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