Thursday, July 6, 2006

District Attorney General stands up for civil rights of Hispanic drivers in ticketing allegations

"This conduct violates the civil rights of the Hispanic community, and hence the civil rights of all Americans."

Coopertown Mayor Danny Crosby is the subject of a complaint filed by Robertson County District Attorney General John Carney in regard to (among other things) Crosby's alleged instruction to police officers to ticket Hispanics because they're "mostly illegal anyway," according to this article in the Tennessean. The complaint is notable for stating that the alleged violation of Hispanic drivers' civil rights infringes on everyone's civil rights.

The story has made national and international headlines, including this story in the New York Times and this story in the UK's Times Online, which compared Mayor Crosby to the Dukes of Hazzard's Boss Hogg.

Photo: Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, in To Kill a Mockingbird

Focus: Justice

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