05.06.09

Tenaha Texas Police Named in Shakedown Lawsuit

Posted in Police Misconduct at 11:11 pm by kevin

Police officers, prosecutors and even the mayor in Tehana, Texas are being named in a police misconduct lawsuit that involves the shakedown of minority drivers passing through the town of 1,000 people. More than 150 people from 2007 to the present are alleged to be part of a systematic and conspiratorial fleecing by police officers.

The police officers are said in the lawsuit to have taken cash and jewelry from the people passing through and making them sign waivers under duress. Several of the victims have said that police threatened to turn their children over to Child Protective Services unless the parents signed the waivers. A disproportionate number of blacks and Latinos were pulled over and made to pay up, according to the suit.