ACLU Accuses Memphis Police of Monitoring the Private Communications of Black Lives Matter Activists
Zuri Davis writes:
The Tennessee branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the Memphis police, accusing the department of illegally surveilling Black Lives Matter activists.
The suit stems from the city’s response last year to an open records request. When Memphis released the names of civilians who required a police escort during City Hall visits, several people on the list turned out to be activists who participated in “protests, rallies or other free speech activities in the city.” The ACLU notes that many of these figures “had no criminal record or history of causing disturbances at City Hall.” Nonetheless, individuals on the list could be escorted from certain properties and charged with criminal trespass if they return.
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h/t, Joe Cadillic
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