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Police in Lexington, Mississippi, city sued for civil rights violations

A small Mississippi town and its police department are being sued weeks after the police chief was fired after bragging about shooting and killing people in a racist and homophobic rant.

Five black Mississippians have filed a federal complaint seeking a restraining order against the Lexington Police Department to restrain officers from infringing on citizens’ constitutional rights, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by USA TODAY.

The lawsuit, brought by civil rights law firm JULIAN, seeks to stop Lexington law enforcement from “threatening, coercing, harassing, assaulting or interfering” with the city’s majority black population, a said the group. The lawsuit says the department has a history and practice of using excessive force, making false arrests and retaliating against officers who report misconduct.

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