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NAACP sues after Mississippi expands control over law enforcement in Jackson

Posted on AllSides April 22nd, 2023
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Rogelio V. Solis / AP

The NAACP sued Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves after he signed legislation that allows state authorities to exert more control over law enforcement in Jackson, including by expanding the Capitol Police, which shot four people last year without much public explanation. 

The lawsuit, which was e-filed Friday evening in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, accuses Reeves and other state officials of unfairly singling out Jackson, a predominantly Black city struggling with violent crime and an overburdened court system.

The bills Reeves signed Friday create a temporary court system outside city control to...

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