Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Black Mayor Vs. ACLU

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Mayor Frank Melton sees the recent crime wave across America and how it effects his city. He's decided to try a new approach to stem the tide of murder between young black men:

JACKSON, Miss. - The national American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday accused the city’s black mayor of civil rights violations including racial profiling in his crusade to stem crime in Mississippi’s capital city.

The accusations against Mayor Frank Melton and police are based on complaints from people who say they were pulled over on the basis of their race and searched without probable cause, the ACLU’s national racial profiling coordinator, King Downing, said at a news conference.

The good mayor has some words for the ACLU:

“We have 26 people that have been killed in Jackson this year. We have 300,000 people killed across America each year. The majority of them are African-American, and it’s time to do something different,” Melton said. “I want to know what the ACLU wants to do besides criticize.”

I'll answer that query, Mr. Mayor. Nothing. The ACLU always wants press coverage and now they can say that they are balanced by taking on a black mayor, albeit a mayor who is seeking ways to stop the black-on-black violence that is destroying the youth of the inner cities.

The mayor won the election by 88% because he promised to be tough on crime. He seems a bit of a character as well:

Since his election, federal authorities have told him to quit packing his pistol on commercial airline flights, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood told him to stop wearing police gear and Faye Peterson, the district attorney in Jackson, has said the mayor was breaking the law by impersonating a police officer.

Melton criticized the ACLU’s plan to hold meetings in Jackson to inform residents of their rights if they’re stopped by police.

“I hope they don’t obstruct justice and give people false information because if they do, then we’ll be focusing on them and we’ll come after them,” Melton said.

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