Madison Co. sheriff disputes lawsuit allegations

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Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker defended his department against a lawsuit accusing the department of unconstitutional policing practices that target African-Americans.

“Our deputies are professional law enforcement officials who enforce Mississippi laws,” he told The Clarion-Ledger. “If a law is broken, appropriate action is taken regardless of the race of the one breaking said law.”

When reached for questions, Madison Co. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall told Mississippi Today it was department policy not to comment on pending litigation.

The federal lawsuit accuses the sheriff’s department of running a “top-down program” of selectively targeting black communities with unconstitutional policing tactics such as “show-ID-and-search pedestrian checkpoints, roving roadblocks, ‘jump outs’ by plainclothes deputies in unmarked cars, and warrantless home invasions,” a release from the ACLU stated.