Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Southern Poverty Law Center Files Wrongful Death Suit; Elderly Black Man Shot Down by White Police Officer in Lousiana

SPLC has filed suit in Louisiana for the wrongful death of an elderly black man, Bernard Monroe, who was shot down on his own front porch by a white police officer who had intruded on a family gathering. Mr. Monroe was shot seven times when he went to check on his wife of 49 years. SPLC believes that this shooting is the tragic result of racial profiling practiced by the Homer Police Department.

Last year, the white police chief told a newspaper: "If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested." Please send a special gift today to help us win justice for the Monroe family and pursue our other work fighting injustice and intolerance.

(From the Southern Poverty Law Center at
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