Tenants, Sticks, and Sledgehammers

In this story by the Lexington Herald-Leader, tough-on-crime Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Frank Melton “took a sledgehammer to the Constitution,” by telling a group of men to take sledgehammersticks and sledgehammers to a duplex, according to prosecutors. 

Apparently, if you’re a mayor, simply destroying a suspected crack house rather than getting a search warrant is an easier way to fight crime. But this has led to charges that Mayor Frank Melton violated the civil rights of the duplex owner and her tenant.

That’s one way to try and evict someone, eh?


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