The ACLU claims the Madison County Sheriff’s Department has institutionalized “unconstitutional racially discriminatory policing tactics.”

Mississippi County Cops Engage In ‘Systematic Targeting Of Black Residents’ | PopularResistance.Org — [] — In an 86-page complaint, the ACLU of Mississippi and the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP accuse the Madison County Sheriff’s Department of abusing its power to uphold racial segregation and oppression in Mississippi’s wealthiest county.

“For Black residents, Madison County is a Constitution-free zone where their right to equal protection under the law and against unreasonable searches and seizures is nonexistent,” Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director of the ACLU of Mississippi, said in a statement.

Madison County is approximately 57 percent white and 38 percent black, according to the 2010 Census. The population remains starkly divided along both racial and economic lines, however, with “predominantly Black towns, neighborhoods, and business districts and predominantly white towns, neighborhoods, and business districts,” according to the suit.

The suit alleges that the MCSD targets black areas with a number of legally dubious practices. Deputies routinely set up vehicular roadblocks and pedestrian “checkpoints” around black neighborhoods, where they carry out “intrusive, pretextual, and suspicionless searches and seizures,” according to the suit.

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