ACLU to Challenge Mississippi Policing Program


Simpson thacher along with the ACLU of Mississippi and the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a class action lawsuit in Mississippi against the Madison County Sheriff’s Department over its unconstitutional policing program to systematically target Black residents for illegal searches and seizures of persons, homes, cars and property.

The lawsuit, which Simpson Thacher is handling pro bono, challenges the Madison County Sheriff’s Department’s coordinated, top-down program of selectively subjecting Black communities to unconstitutional policing tactics, including show-ID-and-search pedestrian checkpoints, roving roadblocks, “jump outs” by plainclothes deputies in unmarked cars and warrantless home invasions.

The Simpson Thacher team includes Jonathan Youngwood (Picture), Janet Gochman, Isaac Rethy, Nihara Choudhri, Monica Chan, Bonnie Jarrett and Chris Jumin Lee (Litigation).

Involved fees earner: Jonathan Youngwood – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Janet Gochman – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Isaac Rethy – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Monica Chan – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Christopher Lee – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett;

Law Firms: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett;

Clients: American Civil Liberties Union;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti