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ACLU: New evidence in Mississippi racial profiling lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi says it has new evidence in its racial profiling lawsuit against a county in central Mississippi.

Posted: Mar 17, 2018 10:59 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2018 11:00 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi says it has new evidence in its racial profiling lawsuit against a county in central Mississippi.

The lawsuit says the Madison County Sheriff's Department unconstitutionally targets black drivers and pedestrians in majority-black neighborhoods and disproportionately subjects them to searches and seizures.

The lawsuit was filed in 2017, and plaintiffs discussed new evidence Wednesday. ACLU of Mississippi, the national ACLU and New York -based law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP said information gathered over the course of six months demonstrates the sheriff's department engages in unconstitutional racial profiling.

Although 38 percent of Madison County residents are black, the ACLU said data collected from the county sheriff's department show that between 2012 and 2017, black residents accounted for more than 70 percent of arrests and citations by the department.

"The evidence ... shows what has been felt in communities of color for decades: that the Madison County Sheriff's Department operates a policing program that targets Black people and Black communities on the basis of race," ACLU of Mississippi said in a news release.
The sheriff's department has consistently said it does not comment on pending lawsuits. A spokeswoman declined to comment Friday to The Associated Press.

The eight named class representative plaintiffs are black men and women, ages 28 through 63. The ACLU says they were "unconstitutionally stopped, searched, or arrested by the MCSD, sometimes violently, while they were merely walking to work, driving in their neighborhood, celebrating with family or just spending time in their own homes."

ACLU lawyers are petitioning a judge for class certification for black people for the case's eight plaintiffs, with subclasses being black people traveling by car and black people travelling by vehicle. If a judge accepts the lawyers' petitions to file a class-action suit, the ACLU's chances of winning could increase.

The ACLU argues that discriminatory practices by the sheriff's department violate the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

In June, the department said Sheriff Randy Tucker had established a Madison County Community Advisory Group, comprised of black and white citizens.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34102530
DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
Forrest13412250
Lauderdale11937314
Lowndes10934185
Lamar10470135
Pearl River9431237
Lafayette8454138
Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
Oktibbeha7111129
Monroe6727174
Warren6642176
Pontotoc6609101
Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
Bolivar6266145
Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
Covington427394
Marion4216107
Sunflower4215104
Coahoma4115104
Leake407787
Newton380879
Grenada3692108
Stone358464
Tishomingo356391
Attala330289
Jasper328265
Winston313191
Clay306375
Chickasaw296767
Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
Noxubee185340
Montgomery179056
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
Choctaw133026
Claiborne131237
Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 813481

Reported Deaths: 15179
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1139971910
Mobile722271323
Madison51970686
Shelby37279341
Baldwin37069540
Tuscaloosa34934599
Montgomery33953725
Lee23142240
Calhoun22142470
Morgan20639372
Etowah19758496
Marshall18245300
Houston17302405
St. Clair15912337
Cullman15306290
Limestone15202198
Elmore15075284
Lauderdale14143294
Talladega13715272
DeKalb12569259
Walker11085366
Blount10094174
Autauga9893146
Jackson9789180
Coffee9182189
Dale8859181
Colbert8789200
Tallapoosa7044195
Escambia6732127
Covington6682179
Chilton6587160
Russell625958
Franklin5930105
Chambers5559142
Marion4955126
Dallas4882199
Clarke472782
Pike4719105
Geneva4564126
Winston4473101
Lawrence4264117
Bibb421686
Barbour355475
Marengo334089
Monroe330262
Randolph327063
Butler324794
Pickens313882
Henry310965
Hale309187
Cherokee299957
Fayette290679
Washington250951
Cleburne246958
Crenshaw243575
Clay240367
Macon230562
Lamar215846
Conecuh185652
Coosa178538
Lowndes173761
Wilcox167438
Bullock151744
Perry138040
Sumter131038
Greene125544
Choctaw86927
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