Mississippi police 'terrorized' small town

Police have “terrorized” Black residents in a small Mississippi town by subjecting them to false arrests, excessive force and intimidation

The organization, JULIAN, is seeking a temporary restraining order against the Lexington police department to demand protection for the town’s largely Black population.

“It’s both unconscionable and illegal for Lexington residents to be terrorized and live in fear of the police department whose job is to protect them,”

The town’s city attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The town’s interim police chief, Charles Henderson, cast doubt on many of the allegations in response to an email request for comment from The Associated Press.

“I’m working on moving the Lexington Police Department forward,” Henderson said. “I will say, don’t buy into everything you hear. This is defamation of character.”

The lawsuit comes after JULIAN said it obtained an audio recording in July of then-Lexington Police Chief Sam Dobbins using racial slurs and talking about how many people he had killed in the line of duty.

ews organizations and a lawmaker who said he knows both the former chief and interim chief said Dobbins is white and Henderson is Black.

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